workplace ptsd pt 7

 (Posted by Cathy DuBois) In this seventh Blog in the series on our search for living in a more conscious way, I have introduced the concept of  “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the workplace.” Please read my last 7  Blogs to catch-up with our discussion.  Since becoming more conscious means that we are noticing how we live, who we can trust, and how we have been effected by our choices we need to understand this topic more deeply. So let’s take a look at the sixth point for this series as I tell you how working has affected my mental health:

The very nature of the work you do can bring on this problem.

   I have already briefly written about PTSD and jobs that can create and exacerbate it. Policemen, firemen, military people, forensic teams, and many other job descriptions contain material that would make any person think twice about wanting the job.  Some people do well in these fields, others don’t. Many commit suicide because their personal struggle to reconcile their values to their work processes just get overwhelming and impossible to handle. Men and Women are equally affected.

   Human Beings are not built to kill other human beings or to bring constant pain and suffering to our children or other people. We are not pre-programmed to watch horror movies or scenes of violence from video games, TV, or real life.   These extreme traumas are recorded in our nervous system as overwhelming stress.  We carry these images and impressions and if not processed in a healthy way, they can be triggered by the next traumatic event, and the next one adding more stress to your system and to all of your relationships and decisions.

   Imagine a person who is carrying a fire hose up a tall ladder of a burning structure.  People have been screaming for help for awhile and not all will be saved.  As this fireman (or woman) reaches the next person in line they are already on fire. A rescue is done but the person dies anyway.  This will live in the heart and mind of that fireman until it is processed in a healthy way.  It is how we are built.  No pretending it didn’t happen, or you didn’t see it. It is a fact and remains in your field to be processed.

   Help must be given to these heroes just like it is given to any person they rescue.  There is no shame in that and companies are starting to recognize the need for it and supply the help. But doing a regular boring job behind a desk can be another place for overwhelming stress as you have been reading in the prior blogs.  They are both real and they will both create PTSD in a human being. It is a serious condition and must be recognized and treated to maintain emotional health.

  We will continue this discussion of PTSD in the Workplace on the next Blog, so be sure and sign up with your email so you don’t miss a thing.

    In this Blog series, I will be explaining to you how these 7 things have impacted my working life and how you can spot when this process is affecting yours.  If you are working with others it will affect you at some point.  This is an interesting and much needed discussion. Traumatized people pretty much run the world. If you have noticed this at all, then this discussion will help you understand how that came to be and what must happen for it to stop impacting our ability to  awaken and grow fully conscious.  I will offer some personal experiences I have lived through that will help you understand this topic so you can easily apply this information to your own working life.

    When you become conscious that this is actually a process and not a destination, each new revelation will be a challenge and not be so hard to process. If you would like me to help you navigate this passage you are making, please contact me and we can start a dialog.

    If this is new to you, get educated.  But you better hurry up. If you need guidance to navigate through all of the psycho – behavior that you may run into, email me at  I can share links and websites I believe in and follow. I am available to teach you about boundaries and give you some life-skills to help you cope.  Don’t allow disrespectful people to control your life’s path.

    New energies are now flooding Gaia, our beautiful planet. They are also blessing us with the ability to quickly go beyond all that has been holding us back IF that is where we want to go. So please decide you want to be free to live in peace and contribute your love and light to all.

    This is the New Gaia and is the home of the Creator Beings.  Practice it, think about it and let go of the past.   It is time to chose who you want to be and consciously be that now.  If you want more guidance on this important topic stay tuned for more resources.

Happy creating!

    Please feel free to share this original work with others as it is written.

Thank you.

Author Notes:  Cathy DuBois is a healer, teacher, coach and Dr. of Clinical Hypnotherapy.

She is a published author and seeker of truth.  Visit her website at