As a pediatric psychologist, I have the daily privilege of being let into people's lives and entrusted with some of their most challenging moments and struggles. I have been asked on many occasions, "How do you do it?" as in, how do I not take these struggles home with me at night and I how do I keep sane in spite of taking on everyone else's stress?
The answer has always been easy. Hearing about [and hopefully being able to help] the struggles of others is such a privilege and gives me such a huge perspective on my own struggles.
Today I had to admit a teenager into the inpatient psychiatry unit because she was suicidal. Yesterday a mother called me in panic because her daughter ran away after an argument. Earlier this week I helped a young child who will literally vomit from anxiety every time she is separated from her parents. Last week I worked with a family that is composed of three autistic children all under the age of 10.
Life is hard. Everyone has a cross to bear and there are so many days that I wouldn't trade in my cross for anything. While work can definitely be stressful at times, I am really so glad that I have this job and truly feel honored and humbled on a daily basis.