Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit
- Napoleon Hill
Executive Stress Management
Executives today confront a unique set of stressors with no historical precedent:
- Rapid change in every sector of the economy
- Globalization of many industries
- Outsourcing of many services and professions
- Rapid expansion of the knowledge base requiring constant acquisition of knowledge to remain competitive
- The “Age of Distraction” – email, voicemail, “streaming everything” to PDAs
- Increased regulatory complexity
- Tom Peters – “The cycle from ‘champ’ to ‘chump’ used to be 50 years, now it’s 5 years”
- Will it soon become 5 months? (e.g. RIM/Blackberry)
- Today’s executive must respond to many more stakeholders:
- Board of Directors
- Regulatory Agencies
- News media
- Community organizations
As a result of this stress, a number of physical and emotional symptoms may develop:
- Feeling stressed out
- Feeling that there is just too much to do and you’ll never get it done
- Feeling anxious or sick due to stress
- Irritability and becoming easily frustrated
- Feeling consistently overwhelmed
- Cardiovascular symptoms including palpitations, hypertension, lightheadedness
- Anxiety or panic attacks, depression, substance abuse
- Diarrhea, nausea or GERD
- Muscle spasms, low back pain, aches and pains
Stress is a natural part of daily life. Our body’s stress response is preprogrammed biologically. Everyone responds in much the same way, regardless of stress. However, with high levels of stress or when stressful situations go unresolved, the body is kept in a constant state of activation, which increases the rate of wear and tear to biological systems. Stressors also diminish relationship well-being and are associated with poorer psychological functioning. Ultimately, fatigue or physical damage can result. The innate ability of the body to repair and defend itself can become seriously compromised. Therefore, learning ways to manage and mitigate stress can significantly enhance your quality of life, as well as the quality of life of those around you, and improve your physical and emotional health.
Bruce Kehr MD
Dr. Bruce Kehr, the founder of Potomac Psychiatry, is a psychiatrist and successful entrepreneur, who has served as the CEO of a public medical technology company, and who blends his knowledge of business and passion for psychiatry to treat senior executives and professionals, to help them become more effective leaders, and experience less stress and more joy in their personal lives.
If your performance at work has declined, or you are feeling chronically over-stressed, and/or your family is also suffering from the negative effects of your professional life, Potomac Psychiatry can help you.
If you are a business executive or professional who would like to see a practicing psychiatrist who has also lived through the daily challenges of leading a medical technology company, who will analyze your situation by blending his professional and business knowledge to promptly and efficiently address your concerns, then Dr. Kehr would be pleased and privileged to consult with you and offer his assistance.
If you have a strong desire to become a more effective leader, father or mother, wife or husband, then Potomac Psychiatry can help you to achieve your objectives.
Through consultation, psychotherapy, counseling, guidance & support for senior executives and professionals, Potomac Psychiatry provides services to help with:
- Dealing with executive stress
- Creating a harmonious work-life balance
- Resolving management and organizational dynamics related to mental health issues.
At Potomac Psychiatry Dr. Bruce Kehr specializes in evaluating and treating executive stress management issues for executives and professionals. Call 301.984.9791 to contact us, discuss your needs and schedule an appointment. Our experienced professionals look forward to meeting you.