Occasionally I am privileged to post a guest blog. Folks contact me interested in my niche of law and medicine and ask me to review a potential post. This one is from Julia Merrill discussing best jobs for victims of post traumatic stress disorder. I felt this article particularly useful.
My experience with traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder reveals employment potentiality can be significantly impaired. Victims find, as they resume their place in their community of life, that work is far more difficult: it uses much more energy to do what one did previous to injury and creates fatigue. However many times this is accompanied by insomnia so sleep deprivation comes into play. Symptoms including, attention impairment, distractibility, irritability, impaired processing speed and accuracy, make the following statement relevant: It is not that an impaired individual cannot GET a job (they often make excellent first impressions in interviews), the problem is typically in RETAINING the job. Consistency is typically lacking. This causes future loss in earning capacity, sometimes for life.
The Best Flexible Jobs For PTSD Sufferers
by Julia Merrill
PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, affects many people who have survived stressful, life-impacting situations, including abuse, military combat, and injury accidents. The effects this disorder can have on sufferers vary widely, but for many, the thought of re-joining the workforce can be daunting.
One of the many issues PTSD sufferers face is the need for a flexible schedule; whether it’s because they need a job that offers limited interaction with others or because they don’t sleep well and need an overnight job, there are many factors to take into consideration when looking for employment. Here are some of the best jobs for anyone looking for a schedule that allows some freedom.
Working with animals can be hugely rewarding for any sufferer of PTSD, especially non-threatening dogs. Many pet owners around the country have a need for a caregiver who can come and let their dog out during the day while they’re at work, and Rover.com is a great site for owners and potential employees to find one another. You can set up a profile, arrange meet-ups, and work out the financial end of things all in one spot, then work out a flexible schedule that will allow you to spend some time with a loving pet and earn cash at the same time. If you have more time to spend with your four-legged customers, you can also sign up to be a pet sitter.
While freelance writing can be a tricky business, it can also be a lucrative one if you know where to look and what to avoid. Many sites that claim to offer huge sums of money in exchange for blog posts likely aren’t as truthful as they seem, but there is still cash to be found for certain companies. If you have a flair for writing and are capable of working well on your own, there are plenty of news blogs that pay per article and allow you to work on your own time as long as you turn in a target number during a pay week.
Many office buildings, banks, and hotels keep varying hours and require a small cleaning staff — or even just one person — to come in during downtime and take care of the rooms. Often they may only need you one day a week, but depending on the business (and how much you’d like to work), you can get scheduled several hours during the week to accommodate your schedule. Check with local companies to see what their needs are, or you might contact local cleaning services to see if they’re hiring.
While different hospitals and nursing homes require varying levels of education, you may be able to find a part-time job as an aide. This is often a quiet position and can be a very flexible one, as well, depending on where you go. There is also the option of home health care, which varies in responsibility. Craigslist.org is a great place to look for local needs, which can range from assisting an elderly patient with self-care to sitting with a terminally ill person.
Many companies require an employee with a good driving record who is capable of working well unsupervised to deliver or maintain merchandise in stores. Some, like Hallmark, offer competitive pay and reimburse for gas and mileage. Many of these companies offer flexible schedules, but some require that you be available around holidays, the busiest times for retail stores.
If you’re good with numbers or have an accounting certification, you may have luck finding work with tax firms or with private individuals who need help with their finances. Offering your services as an independent accountant around tax time can lead to quite a bit of income, and you can set your own schedule depending on how big your client load is.
It can be a bit overwhelming at first to begin a job search with personal needs related to PTSD in mind, but there are plenty of places to look when looking for employment that will be open to an unorthodox schedule.
Julia Merrill is a retired board-certified nurse practitioner. Over the course of her 30-year career, she strived to bridge the communication gap between those seeking the best medical care and those working to provide it. She created BefriendYourDoc.org with the goal of sharing tips and insights into finding the right medical care, dealing with insurance companies, and ways for everyone to better maintain their own health and wellness.