Should traumatized employees be “debriefed?”

Survivors of disasters or traumatic events are at significant risk for developing such problems as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and substance abuse. To address this risk, organizations that have suffered a traumatic event often arrange for critical incident stress debriefings (CISD) for affected employees, hoping this short-term psychological intervention will prove helpful. But it’s not that simple.

Antidepressants alone not that effective

What’s the leading cause of disability among Americans aged 15 to 44, which includes a core demographic in the workforce? Depression. We all realize that depressed employees use more sick time than their mentally healthy counterparts, but we may not understand that this is true even when their depression is being treated.