Praying Away PTSD

By Vanessa Stapleton – President Armor Up West Virginia

People will recognize every injury out there as long as they can see it. The problem with PTSD is that often it is only those in the immediate family who see PTSD’s devastation. Those who see behind closed doors the nightmares, insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, severe isolation, bursts of rage, and so much more that those outside of the home are not privy to seeing. First responders and military are trained so well to maintain a sense of calm in crisis, therefore, they are excellent at hiding their PTSD in public. The family, however, often sees it for months and years before it becomes to known to others. The problem this creates is that by the time others realize there is an issue, the PTSD has become the least of the problem often overshadowed by drinking, addiction (which includes medication, porn, sex, gambling), and the family falling apart.

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What Happens When Your Career Is Over???

By Steven Smith – Retired Assistant Chief

What do you do when it ends? When the career that you worked so hard for ends. The career that helped define who you were ends. Even though it was such a difficult and sometimes heart wrenching, you loved it. It becomes part of you, part of your personality. So what do you do when that journey ends?

For me my journey came to end on cold December night at the end of a sawed off 12 gauge wielded by drug addict. There is not a day goes by that I don’t miss being in the field and running calls with my guys. Sometimes, even almost 8 years later, if I see a cruiser running code, I’m heartbroken that I’m not there doing it anymore. More times than not it, still brings tears to my eyes.

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Parent or Cop… Which One Are You?

By Safe Call Now’s Dr. Laura Brodie Ph.D.

In my work with cops, I’ve worked with their kids. Cops need to hear what their kids are complaining about. “He treats me like a suspect.” “She doesn’t trust me.” “He is cold and unfeeling, telling me what I’m doing wrong and never what I’m doing right.” But in talking to cops, I hear over and over how much they love their kids and remain confused about why their children do not feel their love.

Being a cop is a job that bleeds over to one’s personal life. The same can be said with psychologists. We psychologists place our own children on the couch of “processing” everything instead of allowing our children to simply be kids. Cops tend to respond to rule breaking in a matter of fact way, slap on the cuffs and haul them in. But what if this person is your child?

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