Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder which can be triggered when a person is exposed to one or more traumatic events. Examples include involvement in a serious car accident or the victim of an assault. PTSD can have a serious impact on overall and workplace wellbeing so treatment is highly recommended.
If you are involved in, or witness to, a traumatic event it is common to experience upsetting, distressing or confusing feelings afterwards. This is perfectly understandable and most people find that these symptoms disappear in a relatively short period of time. Symptoms may include disturbing recurring flashbacks, avoidance or numbing of memories of the event and hyperarousal (high levels of anxiety). If these symptoms persist for longer than a month, or are very extreme, you may be given a diagnosis of PTSD. Below we have provided information which details how our services can help to improve the workplace wellbeing of anyone experiencing this condition.
How can KMA help?
If you have PTSD, an assessment from KMA will focus on how your symptoms are affecting your life and workplace wellbeing and how this is preventing you from living your life as you wish. This could include something specific such as returning to, or remaining in, the workplace, managing within your home environment or taking part in activities that you used to enjoy.
During the assessment your Occupational Therapist will need to have a detailed, but sensitive conversation with you. This will focus both on your strengths and the areas in which you are experiencing problems. To assist this process, your Occupational Therapist may utilise a variety of assessment tools, dependent on your needs.
As our focus at KMA is on helping you improve what you are able to do each day, our assessment will pay particular attention to your daily routine, including the roles you have i.e. as a parent, an employee, a business executive etc. This will enable us to understand the impact your symptoms are having on your life and workplace wellbeing. In this way we can identify realistic and achievable goals to increase your functional performance and your overall quality of life.
KMA will produce a detailed yet accessible report of your assessment. This will provide a summary of the barriers that are getting in the way of fulfilling your roles and routines as you wish and make a number of recommendations to help. We aim to get the report back to you within 10 working days of the assessment.
Therapies and treatment for PTSD
If you believe that you have PTSD, it is important to seek medical advice from your GP who will be able to explore medication and a range of talking therapy options. In addition, occupational therapy can also play an important role in overcoming PTSD and reducing its impact on your life. This is where KMA can help.
Our Occupational Therapists are highly trained and experienced – they are passionate about providing evidence-based interventions to improve your functional performance. Each treatment plan will be individual, underpinned by occupational therapy philosophy and take a person-centred and strengths-based approach. Our ultimate aim is to help you achieve your goals and improve your functional performance.
Your Occupational Therapist will work with you to understand triggers, barriers and established strategies you currently use. They will also help you to learn and put into practice techniques that help control your symptoms whilst allowing you to focus on your roles and routines. These may include:
Personal goal setting
Graded return to work/other life roles
Anxiety management techniques
Establishing a Wellness Recovery Plan
Do you or anyone you know have difficulty…
Managing or performing day to day roles/responsibilities either at home, work or school?
Achieving a work/life balance?
Dealing with difficult thoughts, feelings and emotions?
Participating in day to day activities?