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Attack on America

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder -
The Hidden Epidemic in Our Nation's Schools

While formal studies have yet to be undertaken, post traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) appears to impact a significant number of teachers in our schools. As a direct result of this site, many teachers have been contacting ASEE with hauntingly similar stories; these similarities include:

bulletAll of these educators seem to care, very deeply, about the children they serve (or served),
bulletOften, these teachers have been subjected to extreme harassment by their employers for trying to help the children in their care,
bulletThis harassment occurred over an extended period of time,
bulletNearly all of these teachers eventually suffered "nervous breakdowns" - a nebulous term that can't really be described until you have actually had one (formal diagnosis is often Major Depression which is also accompanied with assorted Anxiety Disorders),
bulletIn ALL (yes, that's a STRONG word) CASES SO FAR REPORTED TO ASEE - these educators' unions, the National Education A$$ociation or the American Federation of Teachers and their local affiliates merely stood by and LET the harassment continue.
bulletIn many cases, these teachers are now on permanent disability, suffer from related medical problems, and remain tormented by their experiences - often YEARS after they are no longer in the situation that caused their PTSD.

 

Resources on PTSD

While the ASEE is NOT operated by medical professionals (rather by teachers who have undergone severe trauma themselves), ASEE would like to provide a few links to other resources that may be of assistance (ASEE makes NO endorsements as to the content on any of these links - they are provided for information only). If you suspect  there may be ANY possibility that you may suffer from PTSD - CONTACT MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS IMMEDIATELY.

bulletAmerican Psychiatric Association - An EXCELLENT resource on PTSD.
bulletPost Traumatic Stress Disorder from Athealth.com - updated site! AtHealth.com also provides additional information for those seeking assistance for PTSD.
bulletCrisis Fact Sheet: 10 Ways to Recognize Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - American Counseling Association
bulletArticle on PTSD on the American Rescue Team Site. An excellent article that was provided by the American Psychiatric Association
bulletThose Who Can, Do. Those Who Can't, Bully. Another outstanding article, on PTSD, by Bully OnLine, web site of the UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line.
bulletPTSD.com - Lots of links to other sources on PTSD that may be found on the 'net.
bulletDavid Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages - Yet another OUTSTANDING and up-to-date resource on PTSD.
bulletPTSD What is It? - More great information about this disorder.

 

Newsgroups, Discussion Boards, etc.

bulletalt.support.trauma-ptsd
bulletWorld Wide Web Discussion Board on PTSD

 

A Special Word from ASEE Regarding the September 11, 2001 Attack on America and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

bulletClick here to view ASEE's Attack on America Page.

 

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