Stress is a common cause of many health issues and is thought to be related to more than 70 percent of doctor visits. People don’t necessarily come to the doctor complaining of being “stressed,” but when we look closely at the source of many medical conditions, the common root is stress. When most of us think of stress, we think of it in terms of an emotional reaction. The term “stressed out” is commonly used to define a state of feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, tired, burned-out, worried, anxious or frustrated. However, stress is defined as something physical, emotional, or mental placing high demand on the body. Continue Reading →
Work in helping professions can lead to burnout, loss of compassion
By Tamiko Morgan, M.D.
Compassion is defined as “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it” (Merriam Dictionary). Related words include those such as kindness, empathy, mercy, understanding, and humanity. The opposite of compassion would be described as insensitivity, cold-heartedness, indifference, cruelty, and inhumanity. Please note, weakness is not the same as compassion: It takes a strong person to be able to care as much about others as themselves! In fact, one could argue that the foundation of being human is built on this sense of consideration of others. Continue Reading →