By Dr. Michael Genovese
Traumatic experiences can alter pathways in the brain, causing symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Learn more about how trauma affects an individual's experience of the world and the importance of repairing damaged neural pathways.
By Lieutenant Robert Hiller
When a shoulder injury left firefighter Robert Hiller recovering at home, the change of pace resulted in a gradual decline in his mental health. Read about the increasingly worrying red flags he ignored before finally deciding to seek professional help.
By Yael Schuman
First responders are at high risk of suffering post-traumatic stress, but many are not taught the skills to handle it until after they experience a traumatic event. Find out how pre-trauma training can better equip responders to cope with the distressing scenes that they will inevitably encounter.
By Yael Shuman
When first responders are confronted with scenarios as horrific as the Littleton school shooting, it's inevitable that many will be left with deep psychological wounds. Since it is unlikely that Littleton will be the last such incident, it is essential that agencies conduct pre-trauma training to help responders recover faster and more fully after a worst-case scenario.
By Dr. Chuck Russo and Dr. Stephanie Myers-Hunziker
Long-term PTSD can be career-ending for first responders. But unlike those with physical injuries, responders who seek disability pensions and workers' compensation based solely on psychological injuries face an uphill battle.
By Dr. Jarrod Sadulski
Fortunately, active shooter events are still rare in the U.S., but law enforcement officers should still take steps to prepare for being involved in one. This requires not only tactical training, but also emotional preparation, which should include creating a recovery plan.