Friday, July 25, 2008
I've been on blood pressure medicine for about 13 years now. I was first diagnosed in 1994/1995, when it was measured and was like 160/110! Granted, I had fallen and sprained my thumb, so was in a bit of pain at the time, which probably elevated it more than normal, but it's been consistently around 140/90 or such without medication.
But, today? Today is one of those few non-medical reasons why my blood pressure tends to stay high, even with medication! Why? Because the people I am working with are SO bad at communication or working through conflict that they just skirt the issues and offer all the excuses possible to be able to have blame taken off themselves.
The biggest problem with this? They are all mental health counselors! They all tell other people within our organization on how to deal with conflict, how to be better communicators, how to get along with co-workers, etc.
Yet, they never take their own advice.
The one tells people to always look on the bright side of things, to continually show gratitude to one another, to write down each and every day the things to be grateful for. This counselor will then come and talk to me and only tell me about why they don't feel good that day, about how they had to come in and see a client at 7:30 a.m. and will have to leave at 4:00 p.m. since they did so, how they didn't take a lunch the day before, even though they were scheduled off during their typical lunch time. This person's consistently sick, tired, ungrateful, etc, and they're telling people how to be the opposite?!?!?!
The other thinks they're the bo-diggity, that all others before and after could never match their expertise, work ethic, attendance record, etc. They lead their clients to think that they have a PhD or an MD. Every person that calls me for an appointment always wants Dr. x. Yeah, that's good, give the clients a false sense of who you really are. AND, this is the same counselor that does Anger Management classes, yet blows up in your face any time you ask them about something they may have done wrong.
Great role models here!
I don't like to speak ill of people or to bash my co-workers. Seriously, though, this is draining me SO much emotionally that I can't stand it. Stress level? Sky high. It doesn't help that I've been trying to get out of this office for 8+ months now.