Beshear’s role with the state requires inordinate compassion and understanding of others. She told Yellowhammer News during a recent interview that a core principle of psychiatric care is, “What people perceive is happening to them is more important than what is actually happening.”
“Mental illness is messy, it just is, we have to recognize that up front,” Beshear said of her chosen field.
“If you don’t understand what is going on the natural inclination is to flee from it,” she added, acknowledging the stigma many still feel about diseases of the brain.
Beshear, a nurse by training, was educated at Wake Forest University and began her career at the Duke University Medical Center where she quickly became the head nurse of the Well-Baby Nursery.
She met her husband while working at Duke, and after a brief stint in Kentucky, the pair settled in Montgomery in the late 1970s. Beshear wasted …