At work - considerations and tips for the workplace
Below is an older version of this article and this page needs to be re-written.
Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act, it's getting easier and easier to get accommodations in the workplace in the US, hopefully it remains that way and the rest of the world catches up. Please see this link for suggestions for work accommodations for PTSD in the workplace until we can write up something more extensive on the topic. Their website overall is an amazing resource for all types of accommodations for physical and mental issues, and they provide advocates at least in their state if not nation-wide to help negotiate accommodations.
In New York, I know that our Independent Living Centers can also help negotiate work accommodations with employers. Look for advocacy organizations and get assistance in working with employers to get what you need. You and your therapist, if any, or an assistant at these organizations can go over the accommodations you believe you need in place, and they can help negotiate how to present this need to your employers.
You may also be able to gainfully work with the assistance of a service animal New, for example if you need to be "Snapped out" of dissociative fogs, if you could use pressure to be grounded, if you need someone to be alerted if a very young alter fronts and is helpless, or if you have extreme anxiety or hyper-vigilance, a service animal may help you feel more safe, etc.
This article is a Stub.
- Don't tell a group of people that you're a multiple unless you're really ready for the world to know. [We've been experimenting with this, and we're getting teased because our coworkers don't believe us, but that's far better than the entire company asking questions and teasing.]
- "Know thy self." Your reactions are going to vary depending on who you are or who wants to deal with what's in front of "you", and "you" as well as coworkers may be confused as to some of your behavior.
- "You are what you do." The people that are out, doing your job, are going to get more time being out than people who don't. Therefore it's best to have a kind of job that a number of you can deal with, or learn to deal with, so that others don't lose time.
- Enjoy what you do. If you do what you love you'll never work another day in your life. The chances of that happening suck, but that's not the point. :-P
- Please make the world a better place, 'cause it really needs it. Help people, and teach people how to teach people how to fish. Hey, he stole that from us! (XES)
- Organize! I don't know how other systems work, but if you have "memory holes" like us, leaving notes and having very specific appointment schedules written and generally having a place for everything and everything in its place (filing forms in clearly labeled folders that always go in a certain drawer for example) works wonders. That way, if memories get filed in the wrong place in the mind (so ya can't access them), they exist on paper or electronically. We've been keeping a daily logbook, with attempts to occasionally jot down the time (minimum is time we arrive at work, and time we leave). As for the rest of our job, we are in charge of creating documentation for our successors, so we are documenting things as we go along, printing the documentation and putting them into 4 looseleaf binders. We get to refer back to our own documentation constantly. Makes our job FAR more livable. (XES)