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I’ve been wondering this but has anyone had any long term health effects from consulting? I think with all the long hours, stress, and everything else that comes with it that it is likely to have physical and mental health effects.

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Thank you for posting this in the community. As I read the responses, I feel overwhelmed. (Management/strategy) Consulting used to have this glamour or prestige to it. But on the other hand, the demand of other consulting like implementation, has attributed to so many medical conditions. Is it really worth it at the end of the day? Why are so many still in it?

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As always, it depends. It helped me alleviate an intense need to prove myself. Opened up opportunities I could never have accessed before. Also paid well and helped me build up some savings. In short, it's short term pain for what one hopes is long term gain. Whether that gain will accrue or not - only time will tell.

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I am in 30s and got diagnosed with coronary artery disease. Got stents placed in my heart. It is caused by 4 key factors, 1) Smoking - I never smoked 2) Stress - non-stop in consulting 3) High blood pressure - directly related to stress 4) Bad lipid levels - constantly traveling and eating whatever I get to complete the work on time I decided to quit consulting right away. Started looking for jobs outside. Jumping the ship after holiday break. #consultingkills #StressIsReal #ProtectYourself

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A1 definitely get that checked out ASAP. Have heart disease history in my family and my family who are in the medical field always recommend checking early rather than later

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Does continue to get fat count?

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Same

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Anxiety and depression

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I'm a military veteran and have dealt with some pretty stressful situations. Consulting was just a very different type of stress I wasn't prepared for. About four months in I was convinced I was going to get fired and not have means to provide for my family. I was pushing myself mentally and physically to deliver everything I could but I felt like I wasn't cutting it. At that point I had a bit of a meltdown where I couldn't focus on even simple things and everything felt overwhelmingly difficult. I couldn't even iron my shirt for the next day. I broke down in tears and just cried and cried until my wife talked me down and told me that we'd be ok no matter what (which was rationally true, I just couldn't see it at the time). It was such a terrible experience that I decided I'd rather get fired than live with that stress. So I got firm about my boundaries. Everything worked out. I was in high demand by multiple partners, built a solid reputation for being versatile and delivering consistent quality. I ended up getting promoted first in my cohort (I legit thought I was going to get fired at year end but got a decent bonus instead 😂). Only share this to say that you can set boundaries and still be successful, even at S& where I feel like there's a bit of a reputation of strong grind culture.

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Stomach aches every morning when I wake up, anxiety, depression.

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I had this stomach ache for over a year and no doctor could diagnose the underlying cause. As soon as I left consulting my stomach ache disappeared! So yes, it has long term health impact for real.

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A false sense of entitlement at airports and hotels.

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Consulting lifestyle destroyed the health of someone I know. He never had a local client, and always traveled to client locations. I believe sleep deprivation, irregular sleep and food timings, poor diet, lack of regular exercise, and undue stress contributed. 1 year in: diagnosed with high cholesterol and fatty liver 2 years in: diagnosed with hormone dysfunction 3 years in: diagnosed with sleep disorder 4 years in: diagnosed with stress induced digestive disorder that has no cure 6 years in: diagnosed with stress-induced pelvic floor dysfunction #AdultDiapers No amount of consulting $$$ will get his health back to where it was. #consultingkills

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Best advice I was given is it’s just a job. It’s ain’t brain surgery to be even worth sacrifice your health.

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I heard the average life expectancy for PwC partners is 65. Retirement age is 60, so they die soon after due to all the travel and team dinners.

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Urban legend at irs finest

Thinning hair, heartburn, eye twitch, lost weight because I barely ate when on the road (this wasn’t good). I thankfully left

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How long ago did u leave. Ur title is still consultant

the need for a little white pill to help me function every single day

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M1 that’s what I’m worried about… libido has already gone down bad causing ED and other issues. Primary doctor and Urologist don’t want to hear about it, blaming on casual stress and aging (I’m 33)

25F and getting grey hairs already from 1+ year on the job. In addition to anxiety, weight gain and existential dread

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Oh man… I hope you all can get better soon. I know I have struggled with anxiety with this job.

Yes, I did and that’s why I’ve left consulting and I’ve never been physically and mentally better What I noticed after 8 years as a consultant - grey hair, always stressed, easily agitated which was affecting my personal life/relationships.

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Yeah wow. I’m worried how much it affects my relationship with my wife since I’m often stressed. It’s encouraging to hear that getting out of consulting is worth the cost

Worsened my anxiety, developed imposter syndrome, and I started to lash out emotionally when I was at my worst. I’ve since left for bschool and have been a lot more busier (but happier). I’ve had time to reflect on what’s important to me. My health and wellness comes first. I won’t be going back to consulting post grad.

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Sure thing

Alcoholism, and anxiety. My last day is tomorrow. Thank god.

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Good step in the right direction

I generally run a low-grade fever.

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Yep. Burn Out. V real. Unable to leave house

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Oh yikes. Sorry to hear that

A scar from client office bathroom stall door hitting me in the face while I was working 90 hour weeks. Whenever I think about going back to Deloitte, I stare at it as a reminder.

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Oh yikes…

I recently went to the dr. and while checking my blood pressure she got this really concerned face and asked, “did you run here?” To which I said no but can you hurry this up I need to get back to work— and then she called another doctor over and they redid the cuff, then looked at each other and one asked “you aren’t feeling any chest pains right now?”— they told me they couldn’t let me leave legally until I had laid down on the table for 15 minutes and my BP came down. Always had normal BP before Consulting. No idea what that’s doing to my body long term

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Yikes… hope that things get better for you soon

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I think everyone here needs to start an exercise routine and drink water. Maybe also stop caring what people think, including your superiors. Get the bag, go on with living your life and if you can’t control that, then quit.

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M4, i really don’t care what people at work think and Im not gunning for early promos. But trying to get the bare minimum of the SOW done is crushing as it is. there’s no room for mistakes. you either succeeded or failed (in terms of delivering)

Hair fall

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