Retired Combat Veteran Dr. Sonja Stribling Talks PTSD In The Workplace

In 2020, there were 13 million Americans living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and addressing this disorder in the workplace is crucial for supporting employees with this condition. One of the best ways to manage PTSD is through exposure and response therapy, and employers need to open lines of communication with employees who have PTSD to make the necessary accommodations. 

Dr. Sonja Stribling, who received the Barack Obama Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, was diagnosed with PTSD nine years ago due to her experience as a combat veteran. For those struggling with PTSD in the workplace, Dr. Stribling advises seeking help, embracing the new normal, recognizing triggers, and practicing self-care. 

Employers can offer support by providing safe spaces for employees to share their struggles with PTSD and promoting understanding of this condition. Ultimately, PTSD can happen to anyone who has experienced trauma, and it’s important to recognize and address the challenges faced by those living with this disorder. 

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