When I assumed my new position at work, I was afraid that the changes would cause me certain types of stress that would exacerbate my PTSD. I wasn't wrong. I was very concerned that I would have issues with my PTSD and cause problems for myself at work and make my new manager question his choice for the position. I had thought about this for a long time before I started and thought through what I should do to ensure that this didn't happen. Here's what I came up with:
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.
As I continue my life with PTSD, I will share my challenges and discoveries on this blog.