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    Question For College Students With PTSD

    Yes! What you said is very important. Some faculty think that awareness/understanding equates with watering down the curriculum or making exceptions, when nothing could be further from the truth. As a person with PTSD myself, the last thing I want is to be treated different from my colleagues. I...
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    Question For College Students With PTSD

    We don't do a good enough job reaching out to students to let them know what resources are available. Not just for PTSD, but for dang near anything. We know we have it, but our students, particularly incoming freshmen, are often unaware. I can't speak for other colleges, but mine also has two...
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    Question For College Students With PTSD

    We are required to take attendance. Most of our instructors tie it to your grade (ie: four absences is a letter grade deduction, etc). I do not include it in my own grade calculations. There are no makeup finals per college policy unless it is a documented medical emergency. And most of my...
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    Question For College Students With PTSD

    Definitely true. I teach history and sensitive topics come up from time to time. I give my students blanket permission (both verbally and in my syllabus), to step outside the class any time they feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable. They can take the rest of the class period off, take a lap around...
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    Question For College Students With PTSD

    Thank you for your answer. There's only a few people that I work with that know about my own background as I tend to keep it close to my vest. Part of that is, as you mentioned, because of the stigma. I've heard two different psychology professors make comments in front of me (without knowing...
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    Question For College Students With PTSD

    Greetings everyone, I am a college faculty member with PTSD, and so I know how it impacts my classroom. My college asked me if I would be willing to put together an hour long presentation on the challenges faced by students with PTSD to be attended by the rest of the faculty. I know full well...
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    Sufferer Retired FF with PTSD

    Actually I teach history at a community college. I got my degrees while I was still on the job just to have something to do on my days off. Turns out that was a smart decision.
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    Sufferer Retired FF with PTSD

    I am, thank you.
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    The Silent Scream

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    Sufferer Retired FF with PTSD

    Good Afternoon, I'm a retired firefighter/EMT (15 years on the job) and I was diagnosed with PTSD about a year after the on duty incident which left me partially disabled and battling chronic pain on a daily basis. The physical injuries caused me to have to medically retire. I spent two years...
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    Supporter Veteran husband, who’s currently a firefighter/paramedic.

    Hello! I'm not a veteran, but I am a retired firefighter/EMT. I had 15 years on the job before I made a dramatic exit (by being buried in a roof/wall collapse and ending up burned and with fractured vertebrae). I was diagnosed with PTSD connected to that incident, along with a lot of other...
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