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Chapter 25. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder > Dealing with Traumatized Colleagues

Dealing with Traumatized Colleagues

Whether you are dealing with a traumatized superior, peer, or subordinate, the most valuable thing you can do is encourage the person to seek help with a competent professional trained in the treatment of trauma. People are often not aware of how profoundly they have been affected by a traumatic event. They realize that they are not functioning well but may not realize the degree to which their problems are directly related to a trauma. In addition, because it is uncomfortable to speak about the traumatic incident, many people avoid therapy and even tell their friends and family that they are fine when they are not.

A superior, subordinate, or friend who can convince them to get appropriate help will be doing them and all who work with them and care about them an enormous service. Helping the individual to realize that help is available is one key step. It is also crucial to destigmatize their getting professional help so that they will be willing to go.


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