Faculty Publications

Title

A Preliminary Survey of Counseling Psychologists' Personal Experiences with Depression and Treatment

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Professional Psychology: Research and Practice

Volume

33

Issue

4

First Page

402

Last Page

407

Abstract

The fact that psychologists may not realize how much their own diagnosable emotional problems can impact their practices led to the undertaking of an exploratory survey of practicing psychologists in order to assess that notion. The results of a random sample of 1,000 psychologists indicate that women were more frequent respondents than men by a ratio of 3 to 2 and that depression (dysthymia) was the most frequently acknowledged diagnosis. Respondents felt that their emotional issues gave them more empathy for their clients; however, they also experienced an increased sense of isolation from their colleagues and lessened energy and ability to concentrate in their relationships with their clients. Recommendations are offered for self-care practices for psychologists.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2002

DOI of published version

10.1037/0735-7028.33.4.402

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