We wanted to take the opportunity to highlight just what it’s like to pursue a career in the field of Mental Health. Specialising in Addiction at Priory Hospital Roehampton, Psychiatrist Dr Niall Campbell talks about the challenges of his profession, his views on the best elements of working in such a role, as well as offering some great insight into what kind of skills you will need to succeed in such a career. Here’s a few of the best bits from his expert interview!
- What’s the most common misconception about what you do?
Many people still think that the Priory only deals with celebrities and the wealthy that have addiction problems. This could not be further from the truth. The majority of our patients are working; some have health insurance, others self-paying who desperately want to fix what’s wrong with them.
The other misconception is that addiction is somehow a choice to be bad, rather than a disease over which patients are powerless.
- Could you name three of the most challenging aspects of your role?
- Motivating people who do not recognise the consequences of their addiction and don’t want to change.
- Involving close family members in a positive way in patient’s recovery. We work very hard at the Priory to do this.
- Challenging the widely held stigmas about addiction. I work with media trying to get this message across.
- What is the most interesting part of your job?
Never knowing who’s going to turn up! I have been privileged in this job to meet people from all walks of life, from the unemployed and homeless, to the rich and apparently successful, people from every country in the world and people doing jobs and involved in organisations which I had never heard of before.
My work has been an immense privilege.
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