Uniformed and non-uniformed first responders are prone to experiencing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
For a diagnosis of PTSD to be given, a person needs to have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, or have heard about a trauma that has happened to a close family member or friend. In addition, the person “relives” the traumatic experience, by having distressing memories of the event, recurrent nightmares or flashbacks. The person might engage in avoidance of places or people that remind him or her of the event. Additionally, individuals may experience a change in their mood, concentration, and sleep. Some individuals report feeling more “jumpy” and being more hypervigilant of their surroundings.
If you have experienced or witnessed a life-threatening event that caused intense fear, helplessness, or horror, feel free to take our confidential and free Posttraumatic Stress Disorder screening tool