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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Nurses

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by: COD Newsroom (Flickr)

Photo by: COD Newsroom (Flickr)

Learn to recognize the signs of PTSD so you can get help if you need it.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Nurses

We became, or want to become, nurses because we want to care for other people. Our career goal, and the joy that comes with it, is helping an ill person regain their health. Unfortunately, even the best care does not always bring about the desired results, and we lose patients. If you have become attached to that patient, which we all do because we care, the loss can be even more traumatic. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is on the rise in the health care professions, and nurses are particularly prone to this debilitating condition.


Beating the Winter Blues

Written by Julia Tortorice
Photo by Fractured Studios (Flickr)

Photo by Fractured Studios (Flickr)

We all suffer from the “winter blues” every once in a while, but many people suffer from a more severe form of the winter depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. The acronym fits, doesn't it? As a nurse, you might notice a change in your regular patients' moods during the winter months. Some might come into your care a little more tired and a little less enthused about life. Don't make the mistake of assuming they are stuck in a winter funk. Take the time to assess whether your patients are suffering from SAD or just the winter blues.


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