Traumatized By Work

United States
March 25, 2013 5:12am CST
I don't know if it's scientifically possible, but I feel I have been traumatized by my old job. I worked in the Rent To Own business for over 10 years and I had my fair share of stress there, but I wouldn't say I had any single traumatic experience there. It's been almost 2 years since I worked anywhere, but I've been having nightmares about being left in a busy store by myself and nothing but bad things keep happening. Experiences like I was left in charge of the store my first day there and merchandise went missing, or I was told to make a bank deposit but every employee decided to go on lunch so I had to hold a bunch of money in my pocket till someone let me go to the bank. Is it possible for the little snags we run into at work, to have a cumulative effect and traumatize a person? Do you have nightmares about and old job you used to work at. What are some of the stressful things you are exeriencing now at your job that keep you up at night?
5 responses
@mariaperalta (19079)
• Mexico
25 Mar 13
Sorry to hear you are going through this. I hope you can get rid of this soon. Take care.. have a great week.
• United States
26 Mar 13
I've been like this for several years. I've tried counseling, medication, and taking time off. I don't think I was meant to work for someone else. I believe I was meant to be my own boss.
• Mexico
26 Mar 13
I understand that. I hope some day you can own your own business. Good luck to you there...
@dagami (1162)
• Rome, Italy
25 Mar 13
i used to work as a medical sales representative and i did promotion and sales. whenever there was a deal hanging, i wouldn't be able to sleep well. i think this is just normal. we all want to give our best in our work. in your case, maybe you're just afraid that when the time comes that you need to get back to work, you'd have a hard time inserting yourself back into the competition.
• India
25 Mar 13
anxiety to close a deal can result in stress and strain.
• United States
26 Mar 13
I'm very competent in my abilities, for me the dread comes from feeling like everything will fall upon my soldiers. I'm the type of person who likes to be the go to guy, but if people put to much pressure I tend to close up.
@fannekhan (783)
• India
25 Mar 13
I saw a lot of accidental deaths and every time I had to visit the morgue with the doctor as he made his report.As security consultant these visits were far too frequent for comfort and did leave me distressed afterwards.
• Philippines
25 Mar 13
My job gives me too much stress that sometimes, I feel like I want to quit. But, it still has its perks and I kind of need the job right now. I do have nightmares where I get busted and suspended from work for being late. I had dreams where I was even fired by our President himself and it really felt so awful. I think one of my colleagues is already experiencing this kind of trauma where he gets confused most of the time and couldn't get things right anymore. This is the reason why he just asked for a temporary leave from work for a couple of months. His responsibilities were too much and he was also experiencing some personal problems. Anyway, if I could really find a job that easy in our city, I would definitely quit my current job, but since job orders for my skills are not too high in our city, I still see no option to quit.
• United States
26 Mar 13
The way you are feeling is a sign that you need to find something else. The wrong job will make you age 50 years, and believe me when I say it is effecting your work performance.
• Philippines
25 Mar 13
I worked in an immigration consultancy firm and I was a marketing officer for five years. Though it's been a while that I was not anymore connected with the company but I still feel the trauma that my previous work brought me. Working in an immigration consultancy was not easy, though it pays much because of every commission I received from clients who decided to apply as an immigrant for New Zealand and Australia. It was hard because I was the front liner. Every applicants who got denied put the blame on us especially on me because if it wasn't me and the good things I say about moving in in NZ, they wouldn't decide to apply there as migrants. Their money were wasted on the application. My conscience is clear and I know we didn't do anything wrong but it's hard to explain that to clients who lost their chance and money.
• United States
25 Mar 13
Yes, things are especially har when you have been designated as the person to blame. I had a few bosses who tried to blame their failings on me, and I swear I will never work for someone like that again.