Going the distance

Stress can change your personality

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. August 15, 2012

Stress can erode your spirit, and you may not even be aware of it. Let me explain.

Several months ago, my wife and I met a wonderful couple for dinner. It was not a joy-filled experience. The woman was distracted, talked incessantly and clearly was struggling with a number of stress-related issues. As couples, we went our separate ways. We met up again six months later. The woman was a completely different person. Gracious, funny and interested in others, she radiated peace and serenity. So what happened?

After much soul searching, our friend decided to transition from her current work assignment. It was not fun or rewarding. And it was clearly affecting her health and relationships. So, what's the message?

Stress can change your personality, not for the better. And stress can decrease your quality of life. But you have choices. You have options. You can make a difference for yourself and the ones you love.


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Aug. 15, 2012