Cops and PTSD

Cops and PTSD

Postby Chyren » Oct 17th, 2017, 5:55 am

https://www.castanet.net/edition/news-s ... htm#209267

A tough job for sure. All first responders and front line emergency crews need support. Glad to see some have the courage to show their pain for the better of all. :up:

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Re: Cops and PTSD

Postby mysideofthings » Oct 17th, 2017, 10:05 am

I am very glad that people are standing together when it comes to bringing awareness to PTSD and the lack of help for it, but I am also saddened because there are thousands of people who have PTSD that aren't in a career field that has been the cause who also have lack of help and struggle for their lifetime because of it. It is a debilitating, lonely, and terrifying thing to live with. It is overall still a very hush hush thing to talk about which is ridiculous given how many actually have PTSD. There needs to be more available for everyone with it no matter where their PTSD came from. The cost of a specialized therapist is $120+, and if you don't have the coverage or money for it, you are on your own. It shouldn't be that way.
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Re: Cops and PTSD

Postby maryjane48 » Oct 17th, 2017, 11:13 am

kamloops is building a national ptsd centre .


https://www.google.ca/amp/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.3817924

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Re: Cops and PTSD

Postby Chyren » Oct 18th, 2017, 6:01 am

Another group often overlooked with respect to the issue of PTSD are hospital staff who have to deal with a huge amount of trauma. How do they do their jobs and then go home to be mom's, or dad's or coaches or volunteers after heavy days? Truly amazing people.

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Re: Cops and PTSD

Postby Bpeep » Oct 18th, 2017, 6:13 am

I ask myself, if they can't deal with truckloads of dead babies and other traumatizing gore, why did they get into that line of work in the first place.
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Re: Cops and PTSD

Postby gman313 » Oct 18th, 2017, 8:23 am

Bman wrote:I ask myself, if they can't deal with truckloads of dead babies and other traumatizing gore, why did they get into that line of work in the first place.


Probably to help people. Ya know, the whole humanity thing. It is incredibly rewarding to see lives saved. These people are human though they all have emotion. If a requirement of the job was not to have emotion no humans would ever qualify.
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Re: Cops and PTSD

Postby my5cents » Oct 18th, 2017, 9:07 am

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Re: Cops and PTSD

Postby the truth » Oct 18th, 2017, 9:26 am

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Re: Cops and PTSD

Postby Leifer » Oct 18th, 2017, 9:27 am

I ask myself, if they can't deal with truckloads of dead babies and other traumatizing gore, why did they get into that line of work in the first place.

Fair question.
PTSD is an odd ailment that kind of sneaks up and plants a little worm in your brain. You may not even be aware that it is in there.
At the time of the traumatic event....you may think of yourself as a stone cold, dead eye killer who is completely unaffected by what you are experiencing. "PTSD is for pussies...stack them high says I!"

But in time, you start recalling this event...maybe in a dream one night....maybe at your kids birthday BBQ. The memory trigger can be a smell, or a sound, or even some image you see in a magazine.

It is truly insidious.....and I think the police and fire/rescue services can be bombarded with these traumatic events over and over again. It wears you down and stays with you years after you leave the service.

Self medication (alcohol) or blowing your brains out is "old school".
Luckily, their is more help out there these days.
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Re: Cops and PTSD

Postby Ken7 » Oct 18th, 2017, 12:45 pm

Leifer wrote:Fair question.
PTSD is an odd ailment that kind of sneaks up and plants a little worm in your brain. You may not even be aware that it is in there.
At the time of the traumatic event....you may think of yourself as a stone cold, dead eye killer who is completely unaffected by what you are experiencing. "PTSD is for pussies...stack them high says I!"

But in time, you start recalling this event...maybe in a dream one night....maybe at your kids birthday BBQ. The memory trigger can be a smell, or a sound, or even some image you see in a magazine.

It is truly insidious.....and I think the police and fire/rescue services can be bombarded with these traumatic events over and over again. It wears you down and stays with you years after you leave the service.

Self medication (alcohol) or blowing your brains out is "old school".
Luckily, their is more help out there these days.



Well said, I also say the "The mind is a wonderful thing, until you lose it." You may deal well with trauma for years and then one critical incident can cause you to have issues. It is a difficult thing to deal with and I feel anyone who has been in these situations can be or are affected, it only depends how badly or how they cope with what they have lived.

A very close friend of mine gives this example, he is a specialist in the field of PTSD. You could be driving past a serious accident. You may actually witness the incident and deaths and not be impacted. When you relay this information to someone else it is possible to trigger their minds as the circumstances put someone near to them in it, real or not and they can actually be traumatized.

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Re: Cops and PTSD

Postby Chyren » Oct 19th, 2017, 5:55 am

Bman wrote:I ask myself, if they can't deal with truckloads of dead babies and other traumatizing gore, why did they get into that line of work in the first place.


Very good question.

I don't have the answer but I'm sure glad they do.
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Re: Cops and PTSD

Postby jimmy4321 » Oct 19th, 2017, 6:10 am

I don't think anyone can predict the effects on workers or who's most likely to not be effected.

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