In this episode I talk about the limits of empathy in the mental health industry. I offer some ideas for gaining greater empathy and describe my current process for gaining greater empathy. I also describe the issue of over empathizing and how I am dealing with my tendency to do this. I also talk about cognitive distortions and the limits of CBT and medications for treating suicidal and hopeless people. Finally I relate my current experience of being somewhat manic and not being able to rest. I make a self care plan and will report back in the next episode.
It is suicide prevention month. If you are feeling suicidal Call 1-800-273-8255 in The United States for help. If you are close to making an attempt dial 911! For numbers in other countries visit http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html