Clouded judgment, poor choices result from stressBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/clouded-judgment/MY02207
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Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
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Clouded judgment, poor choices result from stress
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
There's overwhelming evidence that stress impairs judgment. Let me explain.
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If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.
A beloved friend and colleague at another institution was a very prominent surgeon. He was sought after for his technical skills and keen diagnostic insights. Because of administrative and bureaucratic frustrations, he resigned his position at the top of his game and, in a subtle gesture of defiance, refused to renew his medical license.
After a one-year honeymoon of retirement, my colleague found he missed the energy and collegiality of the medical environment. He applied for reinstatement of his medical license. In response he received a form letter stating that because he was in his 60s and had voluntarily given up his license, he could not apply to have it renewed. My colleague was devastated. He'd made a decision in haste without thinking it through. The result is that he's now struggling with the loss of his sense of purpose and identity.
So the lesson is real clear: You need to visualize and understand the consequences of your choices. And be especially cautious about making decisions in haste.blog index