Volume : 2, Issue : 3, MAR 2016

ACUTE STRESS DISORDER (ASD) & POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) IN LOCO CREW WHO WERE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN RAILWAY FATALITIES IN INDIAN RAILWAYS: MEASURES INCLUDING PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGICAL HELP AND SUPPORT IN THE PROCESS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALING

T. Srinivas , Dr. Vijayram Reddy Malladi

Abstract

Loco crew witnessing a fatal accident causes severe stress in them, with Acute Stress Disorder (within 4 weeks) or later by subsequent Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Psychological disability caused by stress is likely to affect cognitive and emotional functions like memory, attention, concentration and decision making. Train driver's tasks are without doubt psychologically demanding. Job related psychiatric injury and mental stress is just as serious as physical injuries that are sustained while working. The aim of this paper is to identify the level of ASD and PTSD among loco – pilots (loco crew) who are directly involved in railway fatalities and providing the suitable psychological help & support tailored to the individual cases in the process of rehabilitation.

Keywords

Critical incidents, Cognitive behavioural therapy, Neglected Psychology

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  1. WORKING UNUSUAL HOURS AND ITS IMPACT ON HEALTH OF LOCO PILOTS – A STUDY OFKAZIPET DEPOT IN SOUTH CENTRAL RAILWAY ZONE OF INDIAN RAILWAYS. *T.SRINIVAS, **DR.M.VIDYASAGAR REDDY GALAXY International Interdisciplinary Research Journal______________________________ ISSN 2347-6915 GIIRJ, Vol.3 (5), MAY (2015). Page No. 148-165.
  2. The Human Intervention in Train Safety on Indian Railways.

            *T.Srinivas Assistant Professor, ITM Business School, Warangal, Telangana State, India

           **Dr.M.Vidyasagar Reddy Professor, Dept.of Public Administration & HRM 

               Kakatiya University, Warangal. Telangana State, India.