Nov 04

K-9′s Continue to Prove Useful in the Treatment and Prevention of PTSD

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A study by the University of Pennsylvania revealed that first-responders at 9/11 who had K-9 partners, were less likely to have PTSD. Anyone, regardless of whether or not they have PTSD, reap emotional benefits from owning and interacting with a pet. A dog’s endless love and patience is just what someone suffering from PTSD needs …

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Nov 04

Scientists Coming Closer to Finding Cause of PTSD


This article was posted previously, but due to technical difficulties, temporarily lost. Now the problem’s are solved and the piece is back up! Enjoy. Groundbreaking studies on PTSD have discovered some of the the brain functions and physiological causes related to PTSD. An intriguing article by Virginia Hughes in Nature, titled Stress: The roots of resilience, …

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Oct 05

PTSD Conference Calls on First Responders

There was a PTSD conference in Bakersfield, California Tuesday night. The rotary club and the National Alliance on Mental Health – Front Line sponsored the conference. Like many PTSD conferences, it focused on seeing the warning signs of PTSD and the treatment of PTSD. What made this conference particularly noteworthy, was the call for the …

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Sep 25

Police and Military Women, Trauma and PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


Police Women, Trauma and PTSD. According to a government study, Trauma is common in women; five out of ten women experience a traumatic event. Women tend to experience different traumas than men. While both men and women report the same symptoms of PTSD (hyperarousal, reexperiencing, avoidance, and numbing), some symptoms are more common for women …

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Sep 24

Police, Fire, Military Concussions, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and PTSD


Police and Military injuries are quite different in many respects than that of a civilian injury.  The Police Culture tends to underestimate the short and long term effects, not just one substantial blow to the head, in some cases several over years. Understanding the mechanics of the injury,  or the hows, why’s and what happened’s,  …

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Sep 21

Alternative Treatments for PTSD


  Doctors have been studying alternative treatment for PTSD for some time now. Acupuncture, meditation, and even K-9 companions are all some of the methods being employed and studied by more open-minded physicians and patients. There have been multiple studies by very reputable sources suggesting the effectiveness of alternative treatments for PTSD. The pentagon spent …

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Aug 31

Mandatory Counseling After Trauma Helps Remove Police PTSD Stigma


Police officers in the US deal with the most gruesome, ugly, and terrifying side of humans imaginable. From watching someone take their last breath, to discovering corpses that have been mutilated in ways no sane human could comprehend, police deal with it all. Unfortunately, when these officers deal with the emotionally devastating effects of this …

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Aug 29

Police Department Mandatory Evaluations of Police Officers with PTSD


Thank you for your inquiry regarding MANDATORY DEPARTMENT EVALUATIONS OF POLICE OFFICERS WITH PTSD. In order to properly answer your question we need to preface a few variables about how a department would do this. First, as you know departments are required to have documented regulations and manual of procedures that dictate every aspect of …

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Aug 14

Standardized Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment of PTSD Coming for the Army, Police Officers Next?


Last week, the Army, along with the VA and the DoD, announced that they are in the process of standardizing the diagnosis and treatment process for soldiers with PTSD. It’s an unfortunate reality that those who do the most good for society, firemen and women, soldiers, nurses, and of course, police officers, are some of …

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Aug 10

City policy does not recognize PTSD police officer’s psychological injury

Memphis falls short on PTSD City policy does not recognize police officer’s psychological injury By Amos Maki Monday, April 2, 2012 Memphis Police Department officer Gabriel Lawson was one of dozens of officers who responded to a disturbance at the DoubleTree Hotel Downtown on July 3, 2011. Once inside, Lawson and others found fellow officer Timothy …

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