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Old 08-19-2010   #31
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Originally Posted by Andy H. View Post
Check with your company about whether counseling is available. If not, a few hundred bucks is a small price to pay for the benefit
Even if the company doesn't already have something set up I'd argue that this is a workers comp case. Just because you're not the one who suffered the actual physical accident doesn't mean you didn't suffer a real and legitimate psychological injury while on the job.

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Old 08-22-2010   #32
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It comes with the territory. As an outdoor pro, get used to it or re-evaluate your career choice.

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Old 08-22-2010   #33
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Originally Posted by theo View Post
It comes with the territory. As an outdoor pro, get used to it or re-evaluate your career choice.
oh you are just so helpful there theo.
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Old 08-22-2010   #34
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Originally Posted by Magneto View Post

As an aside, someone sent me a private message mentioning a therapy called Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming, said there was a lot of research and good results behind it. And that it doesn't take many sessions. Just throwing it out there for anyone affected by this (or any) type of post traumatic stress.
There was a psychologist at the university where I worked that practice that therapy. She swore by it and from what I knew of people at my university that used it, it was effective.
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Old 08-23-2010   #35
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We were at the scene of the death of a young man on Westwater last year. It was tough. We did everything one could do to save him, assuming he was savable (with the endless supply of people to help) until the pros arrived to say otherwise. We found solice in going to the candlelight vigil his highschool friends arranged. There we got to know him - as we hadn't met before. There was comfort in learning a little about him, and celebrating the life he lived. None-the-less I still acknowledge Tim Rau every time I put on Westwater, including last Saturday.
A word of advice though, is to be extra careful and take it easy for a while. When your thoughts are dwelling on death you are distracted, and at risk for an accident yourself. Be kind to yourself, let yourself mourn. Find strength in weakness. There is no good way to "cash in the chips" and a death near makes that apparent.
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Old 08-23-2010   #36
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If you have been spending a ton of time on the river then try taking a break. I like paddling in the Rockies because we get a forced break at the end of every summer. Even that might not be enough if you have been paddling a while. I can't imagine travelling in order to fill an entire year with paddling.

I got tired of the stress after last season, with 4 expert kayakers getting killed in difficult whitewater around here and me trying to keep my mind in the game.

I took this season off. I went surfing in Costa Rica for 3 weeks during peak flow (scored), did a lot of MMA training instead of a lot of paddling, and hit Black Rock, my favorite run, only once in a while.

It was the best kayak season I ever missed.

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