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“Who is Typically Diagnosed with PTSD” by Harold Cohen, Ph.D.

Unlike other physical or mental health conditions, there is no “type” of person who’s more likely to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This serious condition, once dismissed by the military communities as “shell shock” or “battle fatigue” is now known to permeate professions that must deal with critical incidents on a daily basis, including law enforcement and first responders.

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“911 Operators Vulnerable to PTSD Symptoms” by Rick Nauert PhD

Laypersons often discuss PTSD in relation to the military community but servicemembers aren’t the only ones can suffer from this debilitating condition. According to an article in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, even civilians tasked with answering 911 calls and dispatching first responders can suffer from critical incident stress and require PTSD support.

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“Don’t Forget A Fellow Officer After an Injury” by Olivia Johnson

When we speak of law enforcement as a dangerous profession, we’re often referring to the very real threat of bodily harm. However, physical trauma isn’t the only way law enforcement officers and other first responders can be injured on the job. Even in the case of physical injury, are we doing everything we can to deal with the mental health consequences that follow?

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“Function of the Amygdala & PTSD in Military Personnel” by Richard L. Levenson, Jr., Psy.D., CTS

Post traumatic stress disorder isn’t only an “emotional” or “mental” problem. Although the effects of PTSD manifest themselves as mental disorders like depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and mood swings, a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry shows that there are actual, physical changes in the brain that catalyze these behaviors.

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“Helping Children Cope During Deployment” by

Military stress doesn’t only affect the men and women who serve. The families of military personnel make incredible sacrifices, especially during deployment. Children, always the most vulnerable to sudden change in the military family unit, can be adversely affected when their parent or parents are called away on duty. Recognizing signs of stress and emotional trauma in military children is very important.

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