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DISMISSAL POST TRAUMATIC STRESS

BIOFEEDBACK ARTICLE FROM SPIRO DIAMANTIDIS - DISMISSAL POST TRAUMATIC STRESS
SPIRO DIAMANTIDIS M.D
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BY SPIRO DIAMANTIDIS M.D.

CEO, President of

PARADISE HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

 

Nowadays, biofeedback is called to therapeutically address post traumatic stress in individuals of all ages who experienced the war in Gauze. This calls for a huge mobilization and huge efforts because, aside taking care of physical injuries, we need to directly address psychological injuries, which fester if remain untreated causing everlasting side effects. 

Post traumatic stress is usually the most camouflaged, the most repressed and concealed type of stress a person experiences, because it is directly connected with the repression and oblivion mechanisms people mobilize to erase traumatic events from their memories. Oblivion and repression are often achieved. However, if a hurtful feeling we do not want to address remains, this means we experience the so called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Every time we face a traumatic event, we find ourselves in a need to mobilize our entire energy in order to cope with it. Traumatic events vary in intensity and importance. The most important factor that increases a traumatic event’s impact, is the magnitude of its inherent threat. Threat itself entails huge elasticity and emotional capacity. The elasticity of threat’s magnitude depends on the cognitive stress, which is brought upon by the source of the original natural stress.

Nowadays, another kind of war is waged, especially in societies mostly affected by financial crisis. This war is not waged with conventional weapons, but with other ones, that are hidden and harder to fight against. What does all this mean? It means that the financial crisis is a threat to us all. Threat is the basis of stress. When measuring a subject’s biological parameters in order to estimate the stressful factors that affect him, we are often surprised. Something that the subject considers to be a grave stressful factor may often produce no evidence of stressful effect. On the contrary, the subject may consider that he is over something else, that may in fact mark an intense stressful factor. This happens because stressful factors are determined by their inherent threat. An event that creates an emotional outbreak may be considered as a stressful factor but if this factor does not encompass the element of threat, it does not constitute a stressful factor and will not stimulate the sympathetic neural system during clinical examination.

Getting dismissal from work is definitely a traumatic event, especially when it happens for reasons beyond the employees control and not because they were not effective at work. Dismissal becomes even more traumatic when it takes place during a time of financial crisis, since employees know that they will need to look for a new job in a market with extremely harsh and competitive conditions.

A sudden dismissal from work, especially when it is not the employee’s fault, is like a diver rapidly emerging from the depths of the sea without the necessary decompression stops. It encompasses great risks for the person’s psychological and mental health and can even produce immediate and postdated symptoms, according to the person’s idiosyncrasy.

Post traumatic work stress increases dramatically and tends to become chronic due to the threatening and auspicious daily mentions of the media, which instigate a constant flow of parallel cognitive stress. Fear, insecurity, uncertainty, danger, loss of assets and a constant bombarding from the media for even bleaker days to come. How much can a person take?

Does anybody consider the effects that markets and employees overwhelmed by post traumatic work stress have on national economies?

Societies that cannot successfully address post traumatic stress now, will later be called to pay a much higher price to treat chronic conditions.

Immediately and suddenly laying off employees may reduce a company’s expenses, but it also creates a huge social problem due to work post traumatic stress, the consequences of which are much costlier. Societies may have come a very long way in several sectors, but they need to take serious steps towards achieving essential respect towards employees, whom they oppress in times of prosperity and throw away in times of financial crisis.

Biofeedback is the scientific method for the treatment of post traumatic stress, but it is best applied when the wounds are still “fresh”.

 

- Published in “INSURANCE MARKET” magazine

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