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What Are Some Challenges That Professionals Face When it Comes to Mental Illness?

What Are Some Challenges That Professionals Face When it Comes to Mental Illness?

Mental illness does not discriminate, but certain occupations can provide unique challenges that make a person exceptionally susceptible to developing a mental illness. As Harvard Medical School indicates, symptoms of mental illness may cause absenteeism, but lost productivity is often the biggest cost to organizations. If symptoms go unrecognized, a mental illness can disrupt not only a person’s ability to carry out daily business processes, but also their ability to manage their personal life in a healthy manner. While treatment does take some time, it’s better to seek this out early to manage distressing symptoms than to wait for those symptoms to become exacerbated by other factors.

For professionals, a number of unique challenges present themselves:


  • Stress – business responsibilities can carry much stress for working professionals as they attempt to complete projects and carry out business plans accordingly.
  • Pressure – much of the company’s success lies on many professionals’ shoulders, and the added pressure can cause additional strain to mental health.
  • Strict Deadlines – between conferences, phone calls, and project deadlines, so many dates leave for little flexibility, even when outside circumstances arise. Many professionals find themselves holding off on personal needs to meet these deadlines.
  • Client Satisfaction – particularly in medical and legal professions, client satisfaction can come at the price of compassion fatigue, which can lead to burnout, depression, anxiety, and more.
  • Collaboration – many professionals must collaborate with different teams, which may involve further communication challenges that layer on additional stress throughout the day.
  • Expectations – overall, the expectations of working professionals, their clients, their families, and their business can take weight in a variety of physical and mental manifestations.


These challenges, if not dealt with in healthy ways, can lead to the development of mental illness, which can magnify some of the distressing symptoms already experienced. If you haven’t already, speak with someone from a reputable professional treatment center today to learn more about programs that can best suit your needs. A number of accommodations can be made to ensure that your mental, physical, and spiritual health are taken care of while your business continues to run smoothly. Recovery is possible, and you are not alone. Author Steven Aitchison says it best, “Emotional pain is not something that should be hidden away and never spoken about. There is truth in your pain, there is growth in your pain, but only if it’s first brought out into the open.”

For more information on our treatment programs and services for professionals, call us today: 855-422-4129.

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