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How Trauma Can Affect Our Jobs

Trauma is sneaky. It creeps into your life when you least expect it and finds ways to sabotage almost everything you care about, even your career. Trauma is a silent epidemic that affects almost everyone.

The average person will experience some form of a traumatic event in their lifetime. Unfortunately, there are many repercussions from unprocessed trauma, and untreated trauma will affect your career in more ways than one.

Untreated trauma can lead to avoidance of people and events that remind you of the event. It can also make you feel disconnected from other people, especially if they don’t understand why you react the way you do to certain events. One of untreated trauma’s most powerful abilities is its control over our performance in the workplace.

Feeling Incapable of Keeping Up With Your Job

If you experience trauma, it can be difficult to get your job done. Most people think of a traumatic event as something that happened in the past that they’ve gotten over. However, in reality, a traumatic event is ongoing and has an impact on the present and future.

Someone who works in an office with someone who bullies them may have originally experienced bullying in high school. Now it’s happening at work, and it’s even more difficult to deal with because they don’t have the option of walking away as they could in high school. Trauma symptoms can make our workplace feel uncomfortable, which in turn makes it harder to focus on our work.

Finding It Harder to Make Friends at Work

Trauma can make it hard for people to trust one another and have good, healthy relationships. That means it can be difficult to make friends at work. Even if you’re naturally friendly and like to make friends with your coworkers, you might find it hard to form bonds because the trauma you experienced can make you feel distant from other people.

You might be afraid that your coworkers are judging you or that they’ll find out about the trauma you’ve experienced. Trauma can also make you feel like you’re not as good as other people, which can make it extra challenging to form friendships.

Your Performance at Work Will Suffer

Unresolved trauma makes it hard to focus on your work. This can cause problems with your coworkers and your supervisor. You may find yourself forgetting to do tasks or forgetting important deadlines. Or, you might feel like you can’t do your job because you’re so distracted by the traumatic event. If you’re not completing tasks, this can cause problems with your supervisors and coworkers.

Seeking Treatment for Trauma

Trauma can make it challenging to advance in your career. It can make it difficult to get a promotion or find a new job. Fortunately, recovering from trauma is possible. Seeking help is the first step in making certain your job doesn’t suffer in the long run.

Your traumatic symptoms can make it challenging to interact with your coworkers. It can often make you feel distant from others and less sociable. Trauma can also distract you from finishing tasks at work and make it hard to form connections with your coworkers. You rely on your job performance to pay your bills, buy groceries, take vacations, and buy all the necessities in life. You can’t do that if you’re constantly suffering from the effects of past trauma. The Guest House has numerous treatment options and can help you heal. Call (855) 483-7800