|Psychiatrists, psychologists, and social
workers are trained to deal with stressful
situations. They often counsel their clients
to talk to them about both the whistleblowing
and their experiences of retaliation.
|Bad things sometimes happen to good people.
Evil does exist in the world. Asking why
is far from crazy. Facing what some mystics
called the dark night of the soul has led
some people to the despair of the bottle
or pill, while others turn to faith. Maybe
this is what some call being born again,
and others call finding their soul. Life's
meaning does change where an adult chooses
to place faith in God or a higher power,
even if the religion or denomination stays
the same during the spiritual transformation.
|Mental and spiritual issues have long had
a business aspect, as well as many human
issues involving trust, love and power. It
is hard sometimes to find someone with enough
self-knowledge to admit limits, while also
growing and stretching them in a positive
sense. Moreover, mental health and spiritual
professionals can disagree among themselves
and often will disagree with attorneys. Sometimes
whistleblowers may feel torn between the
conflicting advice, rather than supported.
Still, remember that many whistleblowers
have not only have survived these experiences,
but grown from them. If this seems like small
comfort, here are further thoughts about
guideposts to choosing a spiritual or mental
health practitioner, or both.