When I am afraid of something, I try to attack it by becoming more accomplished at that task. One of the areas at work that I shied away from was the ED psychiatric holding area. The leather restraints, crying and general mayhem scared the crap out of me!
So I put my mind to over-coming my fear and asking for that work assignment 8 shifts in a row.( no one else wants it) So almost 100 hours in 3 weeks has given me a crash course in behavior health.
Wow! I have come away with a whole new appreciation for the pain and suffering of this population's problems.
In my time here I was exposed to so many incredible people. People that I was afraid of, I found to be just people. Many with horrible histories of abuse, mistreatment, and agony. Some turn this into behaviors that are not socially acceptable, or worse self injurious.
I am definitely a changed person for having this experience, and am glad I faced this fear head on. I am interested in getting more education, regarding the best way to help the population while they are in my hospital.