Category Archive: Military, Police and Fire PTSD Post Traumatic Stress

Jun 24

Fairchild Hospital Shooting, Air Force Base, PTSI PTSD

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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Jun 12

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

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

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

New Findings on PTSD and Brain Activity

  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

  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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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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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 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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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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Apr 24

Can a Veteran go into Law Enforcement POST PTSD

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 05

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

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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