Absence Matters: PTSD in the Workplace

DMEC Staff@Work

Increasing Awareness of the Impact of PTSD in the Workplace

PTSD in the WorkplaceBy Bryon Bass

SVP, Disability and Absence Practice & Compliance
Sedgwick

One of the most heartwarming commercials on air today features a veteran at an animal shelter surveying dogs available for adoption. While most of the dogs are playfully vying for attention, he notices one dog with soulful eyes, quietly resting in the corner. He learns the dog had a rough time before arriving at the shelter. The veteran and animal immediately connect, and the scene closes with the two kindred spirits driving down the highway in search of new beginnings.

The commercial spot does an excellent job portraying the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Veterans returning from combat have frequently confronted the harsh realities and casualties of war. Although identified especially among veterans, PTSD is now a diagnosis in virtually all population groups.

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