Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Tough times might be the best of your life

Tough times might be the best of your life

As a psychologist who specializes in resiliency with professional helpers and healers, there is a Russian proverb I keep before my eyes as I work with others often engulfed by an emotional fog of stress, anxiety, and helplessness: When you sleep next to the cemetery, you can’t cry for everyone who dies.

For more than 30 years I have dealt with an unusual type of darkness. When physicians, nurses or international relief workers found themselves on the edge of burnout; counselors, social workers, or psychologists and psychiatrists found themselves losing perspective, or priests confessed to feelings of despair at the abuse crisis in their church, I was often called in to consult,...

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