November 4, 2020

How to Get Treatment for First Responders Who Suffer From Trauma and PTSD

The daily lives of first responders are filled with any number of stresses and dangers. Living with the threat of bodily harm to oneself and others takes a toll on the mental health of those who are tasked with putting their safety second when it comes to saving lives. However, due to societal stigmas, the complicated and serious nature of first responders who suffer from trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often goes overlooked, and it can be very difficult for those who face trauma every day to get the support they need to work through its difficulties. The presence of trauma and PTSD symptoms permeate through a large number […]
October 31, 2020
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Signs of PTSD in First Responders

First responders are exposed to some of the most traumatic near-death experiences and asked to run towards these dangers and disasters in an effort to save the people therein. Their work is noble, but it comes at a cost. First responders are at very high risk for developing many different mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, and especially post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) Symptoms of PTSD can be difficult to spot, depending on the person, but there are signs of PTSD in EMS workers and first responders that can help determine if professional therapy for trauma or PTSD treatment may be necessary.  PTSD Is Common and Dangerous in First Responders […]
October 23, 2020
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Suicide in First Responders: The Impact of Trauma

Experiencing any kind of trauma can have a huge effect on someone’s mental health and can change their outlook towards the world around them. Trauma is a part of daily life for first responders, as they are not just tasked with, but expected to run head-first into dangerous, traumatic, and life-threatening events from violent shootings to fires and other natural disasters. Exposure to this consistent stream of traumatic experiences takes its toll on each person, and as a result, the effects of trauma can build up inside the minds of first responders. Not only can this lead to a number of dangerous practices, such as trying to self-medicate one’s trauma […]