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Topic: PTSD for Medical and First Responders

  1. Croix
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    13 July 2021 in reply to TimboE

    Dear TimboE~

    You are quite right, talking about it straight away wiht someone who understands makes all the difference an awful lot of times.

    This was brought home to me as I had no such facilities (was ages ago) when I listened to a talk by an ambulance fleet chaplain, Garry Raymond, who used to be a D/I negotiator for a state police force.

    After every incident he would talk wiht each of his team and allow them to range over whatever they felt like, though with some focus. He felt it did him good too as he was normally the leader on the scene.

    I'm not sure this is the whole answer, I suspect such matters are cumulative, but only have a sample of one to go by:)

    Croix

  2. Jane1985
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    18 July 2021 in reply to JordanM
    Thankyou for sharing. I am a teacher with PTSD from work. I have been off work for 6 months now, and I’m gradually trying to get back to work. It’s been a lot harder than I expected. I thought a new work place would solve my anxiety, but I feel so unwell going to work. The doctor told me to give it another 6 months before I’m back to full capacity.
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    19 July 2021 in reply to Jane1985

    Dear Jane 1985~

    Welcome here, I'm glad you have found you are not alone and that others too have to wrestle with the problems of when to return to work.

    As I mentioned to Jordan M a year is really not that long a time. PTSD is an injury, a harm to your mental mental welfare and to you capabilities.

    In some ways being a teacher is like being an athlete (after the police I taught at uni for a long time) , it was strenuous and demanded great concentration, and is often in difficult circumstances.

    If an athlete were injured and had to take a year off you might not find that remarkable -even prudent. Maybe even realise they could try to return too early.

    Your symptoms do need time to recover, and I guess one thing that helped me was to recognize that were symptoms, not part of my basic makeup.

    I rather think you were sensible to try a new teaching environment, however I also think you are the expert on you, and it is your judgment if this activity is helping or hindering.

    Feeling unwell at the prospect of going to work I'm familiar with, it's not good and may indicate something. This happened when I tried teaching for a short while, it was too early. Later I tried again and then kept on going for many years.

    I'd healed enough. I'm not saying I was symptom free but had both medical and family support, and experienced the ups and downs one might expect.

    May I ask if you have enough personal (as opposed to medical) support and also if you are wondering if you are plunging in too deep too quickly?

    What do you think?

    Croix

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