It’s not everyday that you are put in the position of feeling like shit by a psychologist, but for me today was that day.
I’m at work right now and I really, really, REALLY tried to abstain from writing this until I calmed down a bit, but seriously screw that. I haven’t told you guys what my occupation is, which I’ve never realized until now, I’m a security officer who works as a concierge officer in a high-rise building. Today I was checking in people as usual and this man who appeared to be in a rush and somewhat frantic, he comes up to me and tells me he has to go upstairs to said company (which I cannot disclose) naturally I ask him if he has an appointment and he tells me no, he then tells me it is an emergency. I explained to him the policy put in place by the ownership of the building and that I could not let him upstairs without authorization from the company he was visiting, he then told me “I am a PSYCHOLOGIST and there is an employee there who is a patient of mine that I need to get to due to a matter of his welfare” I told him I understood that and if he gave me the employee’s name I could send him up, he then yelled at me telling me “SO IF HE KILLS HIMSELF THAT IS ON YOU” what? did you just really say that to me? I thought. I responded in a very stern tone “No. It is not, it’s on policy.”
As a psychologist, one should know to NEVER say this to someone. You do not put the blame of a potential death of someone on another person who is just DOING their job. The psychologist yelled at me to call my supervisor and I told him “THAT’S WHAT I’M DOING” at this point I am LIVID. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that he is telling me someone might commit suicide, I understand that he was trying to do his job and I COMPLETELY understand that this is a LIFE we are talking about. what this man needs to understand (especially being in the field that he is in) is that 42.5 million people in the United States alone have a mental illness, that is 18.2 percent of the population and every 1 out of 5 Americans a year. DO NOT go around making people feel as if they’re the reason why someone could end up killing themselves, or that they were the only reason why it wasn’t prevented.
As someone who has more than one mental illness, I do not take this lightly. Some might say “it’s not the end of the world cheer up” but to me or anyone else dealing with mental illness it could have been the end of their world. You don’t have to walk on eggshells with everyone you speak to but just remember, you don’t know what the person sitting next to you has been through, just don’t be a
Conclusion: The patient of the
a**hole psychologist came downstairs for lunch and saw him standing there and they BOTH happily walked out the building & the psychologist didn’t say a damn thing to me. I hope his patient is ok and I truly hope this man loses his license.