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irene
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Almost a year and a half. I was so overworked and my failures were so impactful. I would go home and obsess over work all evening and have fever dreams on nights that I could sleep. It was so mentally painful that I was going to jump off a building after a few drinks to make it stop. A military turned civilian doctor told me that I showed symptoms like soldiers in prolonged conflict. He told me “quit or it will kill you” without even knowing about the suicide stuff. So I quit the job and to this day still suffer flashbacks and have crazy mood swings.

Burnout is real. Dangerous stress is real.

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  • 3
    Glad you met that person and got the advice. Hope you’re in a better place now
  • 1
    Dear Lord. If you ever find yourself in that situation again, get out asap
  • 4
    This is a cautionary tale. I walked in thinking “job stress is a form of temporary discomfort.” I never considered that it could cause permanent damage. I am really self initiated so it was easy to pick up more and have quick wins at first.

    I am in a much better work situation now. I still have some major wounds and emotional triggers. I still get fever dreams about that job and my mood can suddenly turn if something pokes an old wound.
  • 3
    It's been a while. U back for good or just passing by?
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