Jobs for People with PTSD
What is PTSD
PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a disorder characterized by failure to recover after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event, according to mayo clinic. We usually hear PTSD among veterans after coming back from a deployment.
PTSD is not limited to our veterans, and it could happen to anyone that witnesses or experience a traumatic event. Mayo clinic estimates that there are 3 million US cases per year. Those that suffers from this disorder sometimes have difficulty landing a job or keeping one. I will present here best ways to create ideal jobs for people with PTSD.
PTSD Triggers could be anything around, but all triggers can be categorized into two, either internal triggers or external triggers. Emotions, thoughts, memories, body sensations are some of the Internal Triggers. External triggers are a smell, a specific scene in a movie, reading something that reminds you of the traumatic event, seeing an accident, special dates, special events, specific locations, etc.
Though there is a general consensus on what PTSD triggers are, everyone that suffers will have their specific triggers that will differ. A veteran surgeon that witnesses a plane crash could prefer to be in the situation to help and treat patients. The initial thought can lead us to think that this scenario could trigger an episode, but the stress of not helping or not being part of the solution is more of a stress than not being involved.
Talk to your physician to discover your own unique triggers. Identifying your own triggers will help you shape an ideal environment at work and some social occasions.
Ideal jobs for people with PTSD
If you are currently employed and diagnosed with PTSD the most important step to make is to take some time off. Work with your physician on your treatment and timeline. Physicians will usually provide a treatment plan and how long the treatment will last.
It is also good to talk to your physicians about how to return back to work in a limited capacity. Ask your physician to create a letter to your employer that provide details on how to slowly get you back to your normal responsibilities. The letter might talk about limited work to educating coworkers and the company on how to best communicate with someone who suffers from PTSD.
If taking some time off is not possible then it is important to reach out to your physician. Talk to your physician to create a formal letter to your employer. The letter should not go into the detail of the trauma but should discuss how limited work or modified responsibility might be a good option.
Flexibility on schedule as you go through treatment should also be communicated so that you get can the support that you need and still earn your paycheck. Reaching out to HR may be necessary to talk about your current diagnosis. Communicating and educating coworkers is going to be important as well.
Looking for employment
The list of jobs below is considered good jobs for people who sufferers from PTSD, primarily because they have an ideal environment in terms of stress level, no loud noise, and no crowd. When looking for a job or analyzing jobs from the list keep in mind your own triggers.
Understand the work and work environment of a potential job, and determine if it is a suitable work for you. There are some things you will not know until you start a job. Things like how’s your manager will treat you? What’s is the company’s culture? How are your relationships with your coworkers?
Your work environment is going to be a big part of your daily life, and making sure that triggers are not present or minimized is the goal. You might want to create a list of things to ask your interviewer that will help you determine the type of work environment and culture that they have.
List of Jobs
There is a way!
Be proactive in creating your own work space, and with the help of your physician, it can be achieved. I have listed and created this guide with purest intention to help and provide avenues that can help sufferers.
I hope that you will find this approaches useful and beneficial. I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback. As always, I am just a message away. Let me know how I could help you further.