I always end up being the unofficial psychiatrist for people who can’t get a trained professional. It happens at work consistently, and I don’t feel that I can get away from it because of the position I hold-part of my job is helping people solve problems, and frankly it’s ridiculous to think problems at home won’t effect people at work. It happens with my friends, which I don’t mind as much, but we’d have a much better time together if they’d take care of their issues before trying to hang out with people. I’m so emotionally drained at the end of the day I rarely have time for things that involve even the slightest bit of socialization. Other people’s problems take up so much of my time I don’t have the energy left to work on my own issues, but I always try not to let my issues bleed out onto other people’s lives. There’s a few friends, at work and outside work, where the trade is more equal, and we’ll hear each other out and be mutual therapy- that’s great! But it’s the exception, and I can count those people on one hand.