Work cannot be separated from life. In the same way, trauma touches all points of one’s life, regardless of where it occurs. This is because trauma affects the entire person from the inside out.
In The Cut, Erika Stallings chronicles how experiences in racist, toxic workplaces frequently lead to post-traumatic stress disorder.
When I met with my therapist… I told her I wanted to figure out why I was so afraid at work, despite all the evidence that I was well liked… I had started to realize that there was a disconnect between how I perceived things and the actual situations I was dealing with. “Why can’t I ever feel secure?” I asked.
Her response shocked me…she explained that I was likely experiencing what she called “workplace post-traumatic-stress disorder.” She said that the negative experience at previous jobs had scarred me so much that I walked around defensive and worried, trying to steel myself for the moment that I would inevitably be mistreated again.
…Of course, I knew that I wasn’t the first person to be subjected to discrimination at work, but I hadn’t fully considered how much baggage I’d taken from job to job.
Read ‘Racism at My Job Literally Gave Me PTSD’ here