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Thu Sep 25, 2014, 07:52 PM

I'm feeling much better tonight.

Thank you for your support and encouragement last night. I appreciate it.

Interesting parallel: today in continuing education, we had a lecture about provider burnout. I actually met few of the diagnostic criteria for burnout, but prominent among them was alcohol abuse (as opposed to alcohol dependence) Periodic binges, things like that.

Physical and emotional exhaustion were two of the others.

But I'm happy to say I haven't lost my enthusiasm for what I do, or my love for my patients. If those things were to happen, I would truly be burned out...

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Reply I'm feeling much better tonight. (Original post)
Aristus Sep 2014 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Sep 2014 #1
Aristus Sep 2014 #2
Lady Freedom Returns Sep 2014 #3
Aristus Sep 2014 #4
pinboy3niner Sep 2014 #5
Aristus Sep 2014 #6
sheshe2 Sep 2014 #7
Aristus Sep 2014 #8
rurallib Sep 2014 #9
femmocrat Sep 2014 #10

Response to Aristus (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 08:01 PM

1. I'm so glad you're feeling better tonight, my dear Aristus!

I would not doubt that you meet some of the diagnostic criteria for burnout. Anyone who works as hard as you do and who has supervisors who always want MORE, is at risk.

I'm really glad you're aware of what could happen, and are taking steps to prevent truly complete burnout.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 08:09 PM

2. Thanks, CalPeg...

You're the best...

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 08:12 PM

3. Take care of yourself.

Just remember to keep other outlets going.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 08:14 PM

4. I will...

Thank you, LFR...

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 08:22 PM

5. I followed last night--and you were...prolific, lol

But the kind of burnout that is of concern ususally involves withdrawal from others, not reaching out. (Been there, done that during heavy PTSD reactions.)

From what I saw, I'm not worried about you. Glad you had a chance to let go for a while and decompress. I knew you'd be back in the thick of it with your usual dedication the very next day. It's what you do.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 08:23 PM

6. Thank you, pinboy...



That's very kind. In the lecture today, Isolation and social withdrawal were two of the symptoms I knew I didn't have...

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 08:37 PM

7. :)

Good to hear Aristus~

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #7)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 08:38 PM

8. Thank you, sheshe2.

You're a good friend...

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 08:39 PM

9. good to hear.

Hope you don't get in that situation again, but sure you will.
Maybe you will be better - uh - prepared(?) next time.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 08:52 PM

10. Glad to hear that, Aristus.

I was a little worried, but not sure what to say. Your job is so stressful.... I hope you can find some better ways to relieve the stress.

We all care about you!

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