Category Archive: General Discussion

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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Jun 10

Police Responses to Officer-Involved Shootings

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

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

Factors That Can Cause Stress and Fatigue for Law Enforcement Officers

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

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

Legion to Conduct Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) PTSD Symposium

  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

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

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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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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Aug 31

Mandatory Counseling After Trauma May Help 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. Charles 08/29/2012 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 …

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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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