The Lone Ranger Syndrome is a construct originally conceptualized by U.S Department of Human Resources HR specialist Art Purvis in the mid-1970s, when EAPs were in a growth boom.
In Purvis’ work with supervisors, he often observed their reluctance to deal with their own personal problems of depression, anxiety, or struggles, which were made worse by the isolation in their position.
Although supervisors might refer employees to the EAP, supervisors often believe they have to tough it out. Hence, the tendency for supervisors to help others while suffering in silence and going it alone led to the coining of the term.
The message for supervisors is clear in the Lone Ranger Syndrome: Do not allow the job and its special stress to cause you to neglect your own health and wellness needs.