The main objective of this particular session is to help you understand what posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is and how you can help employees who are dealing with it. By the end of the session, you will be able to understand what PTSD is, know the causes and symptoms, understand how it can affect work, know what the law says, and learn how to manage employees with PTSD.
Why “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)” Matters:
PTSD can occur after you have been through a traumatic event—an event that affects you greatly because it is terrifying or life-altering.
Not everyone gets PTSD after a traumatic event.
PTSD symptoms can start immediately after the traumatic event or they may not appear until months or years later.
- PTSD is a serious mental illness that can affect not only war veterans but also anyone who has lived through a traumatic event.
- PTSD can have many symptoms that can affect an employee’s effectiveness at work.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) laws may apply to employees who suffer from PTSD.
- As a supervisor, it’s important that you know about PTSD and the tools you can use to help employees who may suffer from PTSD.