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Crying Man

Case study: Simon

Consider Simon’s story and reflect on how his workplace trauma has since impacted on other life domains.

Simon is a 45 year old man with three children. He was recently diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following an experience as a ‘first responder’ at a natural disaster event some months ago.

His symptoms come and go. At times they severely affect his capacity to maintain his usual working hours, home duties and social activities. Simon is part of a close-knit German community and feels ashamed that he can’t ‘get past’ what happened and move forward with his life. He doesn’t feel comfortable talking about what he experienced. He is having great difficulty concentrating on most things. This frustrates him and he often becomes teary and upset. In his family, men are not encouraged to show emotion, so he is feeling embarrassed that he can’t control his emotions like he used to.

Simon’s reduced work capacity and changed financial situation is contributing to his anxiety. He has withdrawn from his normal social life and has stopped playing soccer on the weekends. His wife is becoming increasingly frustrated and afraid. She feels she has ‘lost’ the husband she knew and is worried about meeting their substantial financial commitments. Simon was always the first one to step up with a plan and was known as someone ‘everyone can rely on’. He was always a hero at home and a hero at work.

Simon has become fearful of driving, which is isolating for him and has impacted his already fragile self esteem. On a practical level, it also means he is finding it difficult to assist with drop off and pick up arrangements for the children and engage in other family activities.

Your task

Consider Simon’s case and share your thoughts on how each of the four life domains are being impacted.

  • personal
  • family
  • social and
  • work environments.

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