Jun 24

Fairchild Hospital Shooting, Air Force Base, PTSI PTSD

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In 1994, I responded to an active killer incident at our hospital on Fairchild Air Force Base. For several years afterward, I struggled with PTSD, not because I took a life, but because so many others lost theirs. 20 years later, I was invited back to Fairchild to speak about the resiliency of survivors at …

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Sep 24

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

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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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Jul 04

DSM-5 Criteria for PTSD


DSM-5 Criteria for PTSD In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association revised the PTSD diagnostic criteria in the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) (1). The diagnostic criteria are specified below. You Can Also •Read more about the DSM-5 Revisions for PTSD Note that DSM-5 introduced a preschool subtype of …

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Jul 04

DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for PTSD Released, What are the major revisions to the PTSD diagnosis?


DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for PTSD Released The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders provides standard criteria and common language for the classification of mental disorders. It is published by the American Psychiatric Association. The fifth revision (DSM-5) was released in May 2013. This revision includes changes to the diagnostic criteria for PTSD and Acute …

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Jul 04

PTSD NOT AN ANXIETY DISORDER? DSM COMMITTEE PROPOSAL TURNS BACK THE HANDS OF TIME


PTSD NOT AN ANXIETY DISORDER? DSM COMMITTEE PROPOSAL TURNS BACK THE HANDS OF TIME.  FEAR IS A CRITICAL CONSTRUCT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF PTSD. Lori A. Zoellner, Ph.D.,1 Barbara O. Rothbaum, Ph.D. A.B.P.P.,2 and Norah C. Feeny, Ph.D.3 The proposed DSM-5 changes to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), reviewed in detail in the last month’s issue …

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Jul 03

Female Police Officers May Hold the Key To Understanding Gender Differences in PTSD

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Study: Female Police Officers May Hold the Key To Understanding Gender Differences in PTSD NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Gender differences in the intensity and frequency of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may not relate to biology as much as psychology, according to a new study of nearly 300 females – civilians and police officers. Previous studies have …

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Jun 12

What Can a PEER to PEER Support Group Do for PTSD?

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Peer Support Groups If your looking to regain your confidence, self respect and control of your life then peer support groups are a place where you can discuss day-to-day problems with other people who have been through trauma. Support groups have not been shown to reduce PTSD symptoms, but they can help you feel better …

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Jun 10

Police Responses to Officer-Involved Shootings

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Police Responses to Officer-Involved Shootings What goes through police officers’ minds when they are involved in shootings? How does facing deadly force affect what they see, hear, and feel? Prior research has found that many officers involved in shootings suffer from “postshooting trauma”—a form of posttraumatic stress disorder that may include guilt, depression, and even …

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Jun 10

Sleep Disorders and Law Enforcement Officers

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In-Depth Look at the Research For an in-depth look at this research, read an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Exit Notice. On this page find: Overview Research on Sleep Disorders Impact on Officer Safety Overview With ever-changing schedules, overtime, and overnight shifts, it is not surprising that some police officers …

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Jun 10

Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Police Performance

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Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Police Performance Sleep deprivation is comparable to excessive drinking. A sleep deprivation study found that not sleeping for 17 hours impaired a person’s motor skills to an extent equivalent to having an alcohol toxicity of 0.05 percent. Not sleeping for 24 hours was equivalent to a toxicity level of 0.10 …

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Jun 10

Factors That Can Cause Stress and Fatigue for Law Enforcement Officers

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Causes of Officer Stress and Fatigue Enduring stress for a long period of time can lead to anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a psychological condition marked by an inability to be intimate, inability to sleep, increased nightmares, increased feelings of guilt and reliving the event. For law enforcement officers, stress can …

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Jun 10

Two New PTSD Treatments Offer Hope for Veterans

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Two New PTSD Treatments Offer Hope for Veterans Do you—or someone you know—suffer from PTSD? Please read this. Published on November 26, 2013 by Christopher Bergland in The Athlete’s Way Last Sunday, 60 Minutes broadcast a story about two new therapies being used to treat veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The treatments are called “Prolonged Exposure Therapy” (PE) …

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Jun 10

New Findings on PTSD and Brain Activity

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  New Findings on PTSD and Brain Activity  Researchers have discovered a correlation between increased activity among brain circuits and flashbacks among individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). University of Minnesota investigators learned that an increased circuit activity in the right side of the brain is associated with the debilitating, involuntary flashbacks that often characterized …

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Jun 10

Legion to Conduct Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) PTSD Symposium

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  American Legion | May 12, 2014  Continuing its efforts to raise awareness about service members and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), The American Legion will conduct a symposium in June focusing on both injuries, as well as conventional and alternative treatments for each. During The American Legion’s …

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Jun 09

Police unions push for medical coverage of PTSD


DENVER – Police unions across the U.S. are pushing for officers to be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits if they suffer post-traumatic stress disorder, whether they got it from the general stress of police work or from responding to a deadly shooting rampage. “I can’t imagine a department in the United States without officers …

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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

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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, explains the studies in detail. It’s a must read for anyone struggling with PTSD. Scientists have been studying which environmental and social factors determine …

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Oct 05

PTSD Conference Calls on First Responders

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 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

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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 21

Alternative Treatments for PTSD

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  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 May Help Remove Police PTSD Stigma

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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

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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?

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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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Jul 18

PTSI PTSD Recognizing EMT’s, firefighters or Police Officers:


Recognizing EMT’s, firefighters or Police Officers: with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD is diagnosed by symptoms. As you read through this page, keep in mind that it takes a professional who knows PTSD to diagnose this disorder from other disorders. One supervisor recently asked me how anyone can separate those with PTSD from the variety of …

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Jul 16

PTSD can attack years later


PTSD can attack years later Even with no previous symptomsby Allen R. Kates, BCECR, MFAW Author of CopShock, Second Edition: Surviving Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Editor’s note: Be sure to also read the new PoliceOne Series, “Tips for keeping it together after a bad call” “I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, I can’t think, I …

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Apr 24

Can a Veteran go into Law Enforcement POST PTSD

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Can a Veteran go into Law Enforcement after a PTSD Diagnosis? Law Enforcement’s View of Hiring Veterans with PTSD Introduction: An estimated 1-2 out of every 10 soldiers returning from combat in Iraq will be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (National Center for PTSD, 2008). Many of these soldiers are self-conscious about the diagnosis. …

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Mar 08

The police supervisor and stress


Many police managers experience health problems, both physiological and emotional, and have difficulty understanding the cause. As patrol officers, they might have believed that a promotion would alleviate the stress they faced every day. Soon after taking command, however, many find that they must contend with a variety of new stressors, in addition to the …

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Mar 08

Police STRESSORS


Stress plays a part in the lives of everyone. Some stress is not only inevitable, it can be good. For example, the physical stress of “working out” improves your cardiovascular system, and feeling pressure that causes you to study harder for an exam can improve your score. Police stress, however, refers to the negative pressures …

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Mar 05

VA STUDY : Soldiers with PTSD More Likely to Experience Long-Term Psychological Effects

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Combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms appear to be associated with longer-term physical (headache, tinnitus), emotional (irritability) and cognitive (diminished concentration or memory) symptoms, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Conversely, concussion/mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) do not appear to have long-term negative …

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