"Critical Incident Stress Debriefing-How to Care for Self"

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If your company has experienced a critical incident, this information can help employees deal with the tragedy & return to a sense of normalcy.

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"Critical Incident Stress Debriefing-How to Care for Self"

  1. 1. CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS DEBRIEFING (CISD) Margie Roop, LPCC-S; CEAP; SAP, LifeServices EAP A CISD is a process to assist those who have witnessed or otherwise been affected by a traumatic event which has occurred in their workplace. It is an effort to help employees be able to not only, with appropriate professional help, express difficult, disturbing, and uncomfortable observations, thoughts, feelings, and other symptoms related to the traumatic event. It is also meant to assist employees in returning to their work unencumbered by these often-times disturbing symptoms. It is common for the following symptoms (behaviors) to occur following a traumatic event and to possibly continue even after a CISD has been conducted: Sleeplessness Anxiety Fear, worry Anger, agitation Depression Hyper-vigilance Increase in drinking alcohol or use of illegal drugs Over-eating/under-eating Physical aches & pains Self-doubt, second-guessing everything Nightmares, hyperventilating It is important to take care of yourself and to continue to seek help in the form of individual (EAP) counseling and/or see your doctor if you are unable to perform your work due to the above listed symptoms. Other ways to help yourself include: Relaxation exercises (yoga, meditation, guided imagery, prayer, body awareness exercises) Physical exercise (walking is the best) Eating properly and avoid sweet, salty, or fatty foods Ask for support from family & friends Seek spiritual assistance Take on less work or other responsibilities in your personal life Reduce any and all other life stressors Avoid alcohol/illegal drugs, caffeinated beverages, sugar, and high carbohydrate foods) Face the issue rather than lose yourself in addictive behaviors

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