Workplace PTSD

 (Posted by Cathy DuBois) In this eighth 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 8 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 seventh point for this series as I tell you how working effects mental health:

Places of work are not generally equipped to properly identify this issue so cannot be relied upon to help you navigate through to wellness.

   I have already briefly written about PTSD and jobs that can create and exacerbate it.  No pretending it didn’t happen, or you didn’t see it. It is a fact and remains in your field to be processed. There is no use raging silently at you boss for his ill treatment of you. Recognize it as a sign you need to learn about PTSD. This means that you must recognize that you have some emotional issues and need to find competent help to deal with them.. You could also have suffered traumatic stress in your personal life. It doesn’t matter where you got hit with it you need to process it. Chances are slim that your employer has any answers. Good HR departments will be able to give you some help with resources so don’t be shy about asking.  Make it about a family member if you want to keep it private at work. Keep yourself safe. You may want to avoid HR and just do it through your insurance company. Most plans have some mental health coverage these days.

   There is a lot at stake for your quality of life and the lives you interact with. To be calm and centered beats out rage and overwhelm every time.  You get to choose. A spouse may have said that you have “anger issues” or that “you seem sad and depressed.” A co-worker might suggest that you need to “get more sleep”  or that “you have been so touchy of late.” Take stock and seek professional help,  Even if only for a checkup. You may have other issues to deal with that don’t make sense to you at first.  Accept how you feel and know that is the first step to recovery.  Take vacation time to think about how you want to proceed.  There is no shame in taking time to take care of yourself.  

  I will conclude this discussion of PTSD in the Workplace on the next Blog with signs and symptoms, and some tips for dealing with the stress 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