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How Can An Executive With a Mental Illness Manage The Demands of a Career?

How Can An Executive With a Mental Illness Manage The Demands of a Career?

A career comes with certain challenges and demands that are unique to the professional’s role. CEOs, executives, and other high-level professionals are faced with much pressure as their success depends on deadlines, meetings, projects, and responsibilities that cannot be dismissed. Mental illness brings an added layer of complexity to one’s career, as symptoms can affect a person’s ability to concentrate, think, make decisions, and more. In order for an executive to manage a mental illness alongside their career, they must identify healthy ways of managing their disorder through treatment.

Professional treatment centers are now offering more services directed to the unique needs of executives, with healthy catering options, high-quality comfort and privacy for residential services, conference centers, and much more provided. Treatment for mental illness first begins with a diagnosis, in which the professional can learn more about what they are going through from a comprehensive evaluation. From there a variety of treatment aspects may be discussed, including:

  • Medications
  • Psychotherapy (both at the individual and group level)
  • Holistic services – acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic services, IV therapy, and more
  • Holistic practices – yoga, meditation, etc.
  • Exercise and nutrition plans
  • Support groups that one can become involved in

A professional’s career success relies heavily on their mental health, which means that this should become their top priority. By following an agreed upon plan with their treatment provider, an individual can take steps towards recovery while maintaining workplace responsibilities. This may require:

  • Taking more frequent breaks if it’s needed
  • Scheduling check-ins with a therapist throughout the week
  • Setting reminders to take medication as prescribed
  • Leaving work early on occasion for appointments
  • Establishing a support system at work and/or home for added safety
  • Regularly utilizing coping skills learned in treatment

Recovery from a mental illness takes time and hard work, but it can be done alongside other responsibilities as long as you manage your time and energy effectively. Don’t’ wait any longer to seek the help you need today. By working actively towards your mental health, you can better manage your symptoms and improve your chances of happiness and well-being in both your personal and professional life.

If you haven’t already, speak with someone from a professional treatment center to learn more about programs to best suit your needs. Optimal recovery is possible, and you are not alone in your pursuit for happiness, health, and wellbeing.

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