Trauma Prone Professions




Certain professions present endless ways to be injured, traumatized, stressed, and endangered; this exposure may come as one or two significant events or repeated incidents over many years.

Longterm coping with ultra-impacting sights, losses, injury, and risk can lead to substance overuse, withdrawal from normal routines, and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress.

Because you are in a profession where strength and courage--as well as a certain toughness--are part of the culture, it may be difficult to realize you need help and to seek it. Click on the name of your current or former profession to hear words that you may identify with; you are not alone!

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Careers that expose you to repeated traumas and continuous stress can leave you with symptoms that you attempt to subdue by the use of alcohol, medications, or other addictive substances.

Isolation, self-medication, depression, and anxiety can make you feel hopeless and alone.

You've seen it all. 

Your profession is a culture in itself: you may need to be tough and brave, and keep going even after many traumatic experiences. It may not be acceptable or possible to talk about symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress, addictions, or other work-related stressors.