A study of the American Psychiatric Association found that physicians with affective disorders tend to select psychiatry as a speciality. Disfunctional, abusive and alcoholic family backgrounds were also more prevalent among mental health professionals than other health workers.
2. Freud was a suspicious, neurotic agoraphobic with an occasional cocaine habit. He placed the advancement of knowledge before the cure of a patient. His most celebrated case of "Dora" lends itself to the re-interpretation of Dora being a health, much-wronged young woman and Freud being a prejudiced chauvinist. Jung was a racist, collaborated with the Nazis and exploited women patients.
2. Therapists who have suffered or are inadequate in certain ways may be the very best therapists. For example, people who have suffered with an addictive illness are often drawn to helping other people with addictive illness. It is incredibly beneficial if you have a trained professional with long-term stability who is in recovery.