Addressing PTSD in the Workforce
We spoke with Dr. Teresa Bartlett to learn the causes and characteristics of PTSD and what employers need to know to address the issue.
Key Takeaway from RIMS Session: Research has shown that PTSD changes the biology of the brain, and that may not ever go away. You may not know what kind of trauma has occurred in your employees’ lives.
If an event just happened in the workplace, it is helpful to have crisis counselors meet with those exposed to the disruptive event. This can be in a group or one-on-one. They need to know what they are experiencing is normal and that the feelings and thoughts they are having are okay.
Key Takeaway from RIMS Session: It is also important to have clinical involvement early on. There needs to be a partnership between the employer and their preferred medical provider.
Key Takeaway from RIMS Session: medical marijuana and MDMA (aka ecstasy) are showing promise in studies to treat people with PTSD.
Key Takeaway from RIMS Session: Early intervention is key. Incorporate job accommodations with direction from a medical provider. Show compassion. You don’t know about an employee’s past exposures.