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PTSD Awareness Month

When some people hear about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), they often think of members of the military who return from war zones and react to loud noises. However, while veterans can get PTSD, it is a mental health problem that can happen to anyone. June is PTSD Awareness Month, so here is some information about this disorder and how health care workers and family members can assist those who suffer from it. 

Approximately 3.5% of American adults have PTSD. But, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, anyone of any age and occupation can develop PTSD, including children. PTSD begins when someone is exposed to shocking, frightening, or dangerous experiences such as abuse, national disasters, combat, and accidents. While traumatic incidents do cause hesitation or fearfulness, some people eventually recover. It’s when that recovery process doesn’t begin after a certain amount of time that someone could have PTSD. 

Brief History 

While PTSD has been around since the beginning of time, it hasn’t always been acknowledged as a disorder. In fact, it was often mocked or thought to be a cause of weakness. There is documentation of soldiers in the Civil War having anxiety and trouble breathing. Writers such as Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte, and F. Scott Fitzgerald have included characters in their works that today would be determined to have PTSD. After World War I, some soldiers were diagnosed with what was then called ‘shell shock.’ However, shell shock was not a medical term, so treatments, if they happened at all, were often crude and harsh. Then the American Psychiatric Association (APA) included Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome in its manual for mental disorders in 1980. This helped distinguish PTSD from being considered a failing to it being acknowledged as something that affected people and that they did not have control over. And, as a medical diagnosis, opened the way for those who have it to begin receiving care and treatment.

Warning Signs of PTSD

While PTSD affects everyone differently, some signs that may indicate someone is having problems adjusting to a traumatic situation include: 

  • Being easily startled 
  • Avoiding areas that remind them of the event 
  • Flashbacks 
  • Irritability 
  • Nightmares or night terrors 
  • Irrational behavior 
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities 
  • Depression 

These symptoms aren’t inclusive, and everyone reacts differently to trauma. However, when the incident continues to impact someone after more than a few months and begins to interfere with their daily lives, they may have PTSD. 

How To Treat PTSD

While people who have PTSD may feel it’s something that they have to live with, the good news is that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is treatable. Treatment may be through therapy, medication, or combining the two based on what the patient and their doctor decide will work best for them. To get started in finding help, the PTSD Alliance suggests speaking with a family doctor, finding support groups, or for military veterans, contact the Veterans Crisis Line for assistance. 

When Someone You Know Has PTSD

Dealing with someone who is affected by PTSD can be very hard on friends, co-workers, and family members. The National Center for PTSD states that living with someone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be traumatic in itself. That’s because the avoidance mechanism that occurs with someone who has the disorder affects how they interact with those around them. For example, the symptoms can significantly affect children whose parents have PTSD and can cause them to feel as if it’s their fault or hinder their ability to learn how to interact with others. 

What can someone do to help someone they know with PTSD? First and foremost, be patient with them. Their symptoms aren’t controllable and might be as frustrating to them as the symptoms to you. Being patient might not be easy, but it is helpful to the person who has the disorder. Also, make sure to educate yourself about the condition. In addition to the National Institute of National Health and the National Center for PTSD, many national and local groups work diligently to providing assistance and help. Also, it may be necessary for family members to enter therapy independently to work through their feelings. 

Casmir Care Services is a leading agency that provides quality, effective, person-center services in the individual’s home. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities through care, comfort, and compassion. Our Direct Care Professionals treat all individuals and their families with respect and trained specifically to work with those with developmental issues. If you are looking to find in-home support for your family member, contact us to see how we can help.

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Nurse 

We are looking for a talented individual who shares our dedication to the people we serve and support, to bring on board as a Nurse. We are dedicated to supporting people as they strive for increasing independence, personal growth, and opportunities in their communities. We believe that every person is unique and, therefore, everyone’s path and needs are unique. Our approach to care puts the needs of the people and communities we serve at the center of every decision. If you are a positive and personable individual looking for a satisfying and flexible opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of people with intellectual/ developmental disabilities, join our team!

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Monitor healthcare needs of individuals receiving services.
  • delivering nursing care and coordinating nursing activities as a member of the management team
  • Contact and communicate with Primary care Physicians, Dentists, and other healthcare specialists as needed.
  • Complete all necessary documentation and miscellaneous reports as requested.
  • Conduct training for administrative and direct support staff on health-related topics that supports the overall health and well-being of the individuals we support.
  • Review medication administration records to ensure accurate and up-to-date information.
  • Administers prescribed medications and treatments in accordance with approved nursing standards.
  • Takes temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and other vital signs to detect deviations from the norm. Assesses condition of individuals supported monthly and/or per physician order.
  • Help develop protocols, policies, and procedures (including training materials) to assist in supporting the healthcare needs of the individuals we support  
  • Maintain individual’s confidentiality per company policy and HIPAA privacy rule regulations.
  • Attend recognized training to successfully maintain professional license
  • Attend training and conferences as directed by supervisors, in accordance with company policy and regulation as needed.
  • Attend required supervision sessions and staff meetings in accordance with program/company requirements.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relations with individuals, families, and staff from a variety of cultures and social backgrounds.
  • Conducts nursing and quality assurance assessments to monitor health, treatment, and sanitary conditions of residential homes.

Requirements

  • Registered Nurse with a current valid nursing license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Must have a strong knowledge of medical procedures, terminology, and equipment.
  • Two-year nursing experience or one year working with individuals with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (IDD).
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing preferred.
  • Knowledge of intellectual disability and mental health system.
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written.
  • The ability to lift and position patients of various weights to and from assorted patient equipment while maintaining patient comfort and safety.
  • The ability to carry, fold, kneel, reach, stack, stoop and bend which may include direct intervention with clients.
  • Possess manual dexterity and fine motor skills.
  • May require crisis intervention in emergency situations.
  • May be required to report to work during emergencies including inclement weather

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