Despite symptoms as severe as phobias, depression, severe anxiety, chronic headaches, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, chest pain, sweating and shaking, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often goes unnoticed and untreated.

This inevitably leads to difficulties gaining or remaining in employment.

Yet it is vital for PSTD sufferers, particularly ex-service personnel, to be able to work as it is crucial to their integration into society and the alleviation of symptoms. By learning more about this often misunderstood illness, employers can play a vital role in a sufferer’s recovery.

– An infographic by the team at Johnson Law

This infographic, produced by Johnson Law Solicitors, highlights some of the statistics surrounding PTSD, including startling figures that demonstrate the embarrassment sufferers feel about their condition.

Most of these figures relate to the armed forces. For example, over 93% of veterans admit to feeling ashamed about their mental health problems, and on average personnel suffer for 13 years after discharge before seeking help.

Away from a military environment, admitting to mental health problems like PTSD can be a worrying prospect as employees may fear it could be viewed as a sign of weakness, or even put their job in jeopardy.

Now is the time to encourage open discussion about PTSD.

The armed forces of Britain have been engaged in conflict somewhere in the world for a century, yet veterans suffering from PTSD still find themselves struggling to integrate back into civilian life.

By recognising the signs of PTSD and the challenges that sufferers face, employers can make simple accommodations for staff that will make their day-to-day lives easier.

Employees should be made to feel comfortable admitting to their condition, so that steps can be taken to offer individual help, and such steps needn’t be costly or difficult to implement.

It may help those with memory problems to record meetings, or have written instructions posted on how to use equipment. There may be simple ways to reduce distractions in their working environment, or allocate time in a private space for them to work uninterrupted.

It’s unlikely that sufferers will display all of symptoms associated with PTSD, many may only have one or two, but simple changes can improve their daily, working lives immeasurably.

Despite the association with the armed forces, one in three people will develop PTSD following a traumatic event. The reason it’s so important to raise awareness is that it can affect anyone.

273 military cases were reported in 2012, a figure that’s set to rise by 12 per cent every year until at least 2018.

It’s time to break the taboo of PTSD and finally give ‘the silent enemy’ a voice.

 

 

 

 

 

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