Here I am. Just coming out of a counseling session with a client who is feeling depressed and physically tired and sick. He lost both of his legs due to diabetes and he has no hope for the future .. He used to be a great man, he used to educate other people about history and writing. But now he does not have any hopes of doing any of that again .. He is afraid of dying .
Yesterday I saw another client with schizophrenia. His apartment looks like a total disaster , but he is content with his chaotic life. It is his norm.
The other day I saw a woman with PTSD with psychotic features. The voices tell her to cut herself but she tries to ignore them . She says it is not easy to ignore. She tries meditation and walking to cope . But she has been abused and threatened so much in the past that it has become part of her life to be anxious all the time .
I hear all the stories when I go visit the clients that I see. I feel bad at the moment but as soon as I leave, I go back to my routine. I go back to my own life with my own problems. Because if I don’t temporarily leave it behind, I may not have a life of my own.
And the next day I do it all over again.