/ Asked by Abigail
I wanted to go into child psychology, but I have my own mental illnesses and a personality disorder. Would I still be able to go into that line of work, or should I look for something else?
Answered by Beamer, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, September 7, 2016
There have been many successful individuals with challenges such as yours. Google it and you will be amazed at how many people live with mental illness and lead rewarding lives. Mental illness, especially personality disorders, are absolutely manageable through medication and counseling. This is really a personal decision that you and your doctor should make together. The simple question to ask yourself is, are you taking care of yourself (medication and therapy) to the point where you feel comfortable making a career out of helping adolescents?
Don't give up on your dreams because of a diagnosis but do pursue them responsibly. I hope this helped!

Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Grace, on Friday, December 9, 2016
Many people lead successful lives while coping with chronic illnesses and disabilities. With modern medicine, determination, and adherence to your doctor’s orders, I believe you can be productive in this field. You come equipped with the perspective of living and dealing with your own challenges. You not only have the education, but practical application they may help others with new approaches. I would focus on what you want to do and how you ensure you are ready for the rigors of the field. You do need to completely understand your situation and ensure you are in control of your illness before taking on the responsibility of helping others. The old tale that says you must take care of yourself before you can take care of others is very prudent in your situation. I wish you the best of luck and know that if this is something you want, it is attainable.
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