By Robert Rabe
Every critical incident has similarities, and differences. In addition, every law enforcement officer’s reaction to an incident is individual as well. Some officers go through the process of integrating the experience into their psyche without difficulty. Usually this is with the help of others (peer group counseling, debriefings). It is difficult to an effectively process an incident alone. The family is one of the primary contacts for processing stressful incidents. But what can the family possibly do to help the officer?
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By Joseph Hunter, M.A. – First Responder Wellness Program
Firefighters face dangerous and traumatic events on a daily basis. There is no way to know or predict which event could affect a firefighter negatively enough to cause post-traumatic stress disorder.
Unfortunately, in a culture of bravery and pride, asking for help can be seen as weakness and many do not seek the help they need. They can be left to deal with PTSD on their own and revisit difficult and negative emotions over and over again. Firefighters can feel like they are trapped in a painful past.
If you have noticed long periods of stress that has disrupted your home and work life, asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of. Find out more about getting help for your PTSD.
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By Betsy Brantner Smith
I wrote an article a few years ago for PoliceOne.com titled “Cop Dreams.” The feedback was immediate and unexpected. So many people were surprised to find out that they weren’t alone in experiencing these vivid, sometimes terrorizing dreams, and it wasn’t just the cops who were having them.
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