Work-Related Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

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I am excited  to welcome Francesca Senior to my staff as new office administrator and legal assistant.  Francesca has an amazing background in international horse horse show jumping as a  professional rider and trainer.  She brings her experience in the horse industry in barn management, sales and marketing of European sport horses, charity fundraising, and managing  horse shows to the legal industry.  Her unique knowledge of how to help people learn new skills and  systematically reach desired goals translates remarkably  well from training competitive riders to servicing injured workers who must transition into new occupations. 

Francesca's guest blog below demonstrates her fresh approach to helping people with work injuries, including work-related post-traumatic stress discorder (PTSD).  The specific  requirements for a compensable occupational stress claim in Nevada  are in NRS 616C.180.  The suggestions in Francesca's  guest blog post  are points for discussion and are not to be considered treatment for PTSD or a substitute for medical care.

CAN A VIDEO GAME IMPROVE YOUR LIFE?

By Francesca Senior, guest blogger                                         

Living in Las Vegas your first thought may be, well, how big is the jackpot? But as any seasoned gambler will tell you, the rush of a win is quickly forgotten and it’s often the house winning, not you.

         

What if there was a game that you could play and win real life rewards, such as add more time to your life or strengthen your relationships with friends and family? Or even, help you recover from a traumatic event? How about a game that could be a tool to treat someone contemplating suicide? A game that can make anyone’s life better and maybe even save some lives?

         

What if I told you the game not only exists but it’s free to anyone online?

         

The game is called “SuperBetter” and game designer Jane McGonigal got some of the brightest minds in the country, including a Stanford Professor of Neurosurgery, to develop the game using scientific research to help real people solve real life problems. Her team of sociologists, scientists, a few professors of psychology at Berkeley, Ohio State University rehabilitation specialist along with countless others make up what she calls her scientific advisory board.

         

From the SuperBetterwebsite, “At Superbetterlabs, we apply technology and design to empower individuals and communities to live epic lives.” Jane McGonigal explains, “SuperBetter helps you achieve your health goals- or recover from an illness or injury- by increasing your personal resilience. Resilience means staying curious, optimistic and motivated even in the face of the toughest challenges.”

        

In April of 2012 The Oprah Winfry Network (OWN) and Oprah.com teamed up with SuperBetter Labs to launch “Oprah’s Thank You Game” on Facebook, which reportedly had 2.3 million people playing within 36 hours of the games launch.

         

To hear more about SuperBetter:

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/jane_mcgonigal_the_game_that_can_give_you_10_extra_years_of_life.html

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/373360/february-03-2011/jane-mcgonigal

         

If you would like more information, or to play SuperBetter at no cost:

www.superbetter.com