Home Tag "PTSD"

The Challenge of Recognizing PTSD in Firefighters

By Jinnie Chua

With repeated exposure to difficult situations, firefighters face a real risk of developing PTSD. Learning to deal with painful emotions is a necessary part of the job and fire officials need to be able to recognize when a fellow coworker might be struggling. Kevin Kupietz, a 20-year veteran at the Roanoke Rapids (NC) Fire Department, shares what steps firefighters can take to protect one another.

Police Officers Face Cumulative PTSD

By Michelle Beshears

Even with all we know about its effects and ways to treat it, PTSD is common among police officers and continues to take its toll on their lives and those of their families. Cumulative PTSD can be even more dangerous than PTSD caused from a single traumatic event, largely because cumulative PTSD is more likely to go unnoticed and untreated. Here are the causes of cumulative PTSD and signs to look for.