- I talked to my new manager and explained to him that I had combat related PTSD. He was not familiar with it because he had never been exposed to it before, but he was willing to hear me out.
- I explained to him all of the ins and outs of PTSD and asked him to please keep an eye out for any erratic behavior - especially while I made the transition into his department. I adapt well to change, but I put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed and it can cause my PTSD to flare up. He promised me that he would be honest with me if he saw any changes in my demeanor or errata in my behavior. He said that he was sorry that I had to experience what I went through and left it at that.
- I could tell that my manager had a lot of questions that he wanted to ask, but he respected me enough to just let me delve into the work and gain a level of comfort with my new responsibilities. He still has not brought the subject up. I still have my struggles with the PTSD on a daily basis, but it's manageable most of the time. I know for a fact that if I wouldn't have been open and honest with my boss that things would have been a lot more stressful for me. He never once judged me for having PTSD. It took a huge weight off my shoulders knowing that.
I know that I will never hide this from anyone again. I needed to know that my boss was on my side and would back me up and support me. Too often people underestimate the effect that a stable and supportive work environment can have on a person's ability to cope with PTSD. I know that everyone's situation is different, but it made me understand that an employer is much more willing to work with you and support you in your struggle if they are AWARE that you are struggling to cope with PTSD. If they don't know, they are inclined to think anger and other behavior is 'normal' behavior and view you as undesirable for continued employment.