Thursday, October 23, 2014

PTSD

 http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml

Officers experience all kinds of unhappy events.  We see dead people.  We have to inform families a loved one has died.  We respond to accidents and crimes where innocent people are victimized, injured, even killed.

The stress of these incidents can build up over time.  Officers can have post-traumatic stress from one major incident, or built up over years of small incidents.  Post-traumatic stress is a serious problem and one that officers often overlook or intentionally ignore.

There are many ways to deal with stress.  One way is to talk to someone about it.  A medical or religious professional can often be helpful.  Especially a police chaplain or psychologist who knows about the special needs of police.  Proper diet and exercise are also helpful.  Keep alcohol use down and don't be afraid to get help; that's what the SGT Says.

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