Do traumatic events at work impact our psychological well-being?
Our work has significant impacts on our lives. It would be naïve to think otherwise. So if your work is impacting your life, you are not the only one. Many of your colleagues have been there or are going through similar situations themselves. These situations are difficult and there is likely someone you can talk to someone about it. If you’re seeing it in someone else, encourage them to seek help.

We’ve all got a story or two.

It happens to most of us at some point. Sometimes your work follows you home. A mentor once said that if it hasn’t happened to you in the emergency room, then you simply haven’t worked long enough.

I’ll share a story of mine. Nearing the end of a long night shift. A man in his 50’s, healthy, complaining of chest “burning” that he fully attributed to “heartburn”. This was my first year in practice and a busy night in the ER.

His wife had made him come in and he was seen a week before for the same symptoms. He looked comfortable, had a normal ECG, normal labs and a cardiology appointment in a day and a half. He really wanted to leave. There was a feeling that I should speak to someone about him, a nagging voice, but it was 5 am, I assumed that my colleagues wouldn’t want to see him. Should I call them at 5 am for this? In the end, I sent him home.


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