"No one works this job and is not profoundly affected by it. Our goal is to help intervene with destructive behavior, to help maintain good mental health, and to provide as much information as possible about signs of impending or current problems and treatment avenues."
We believe that many who will come to our site are the loved ones of firefighters and paramedics. We have always been good about rescuing others, but not ourselves.
Look at what we have available, Google search as well because this is not a definitive site. Please contact someone within our EAP network, speak to a friend, talk to that special someone who may be hurting.
Remember, the only thing necessary for the continued destruction within is that friends and family do nothing.
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE SCARS THAT DON’T SHOW
- by Captain Pete Wallwork
Firefighters and paramedics will see unthinkable things in the course of their careers: images of death, desolation, and sorrow at a level that most people will never know. Shift after shift, dealing with the most heart wrenching of events, they are required to place themselves back in service for the next call with no time to process what just happened.
No firefighter or paramedic will complete their career without the lasting scars the job will leave upon their soul. As rescuers by trade, most will bury this hurt down deep where they hope it will never rise again. But our demons are never far from the surface.
As years pass or other problems arise, these nightmares that we have buried deep begin to rise up, and haunt us. These recurring feelings can help drive us further from the ones we love or count on.
Many young firefighters believe that the monsters they bury will never get them; that they are immune to the horrors they experience one third of their lives. This is simply not true.
No one works this job and is not profoundly affected by it. Our goal is to help intervene with destructive behavior, to help maintain good mental health, and to provide as much information as possible about signs of impending or current problems and treatment avenues.
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How Trauma Impacts the Brain
How Trauma Impacts the Brain
It plays havoc with the entire nervous system, which prevents people from processing and integrating traumatic memories into conscious mental frameworks.
Traumatic memories stay "stuck" in the brain's nether regions--the nonverbal, nonconscious, subcortical regions (amygdala, thalamus, hippocampus, hypothalamus and brain stem)--where they are not accessible to the frontal lobes--the understanding, thinking, reasoning parts of the brain.
What is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after someone experiences a traumatic event that caused intense fear, helplessness, or horror. PTSD can result from personally experienced traumas (e.g., rape, war, natural disasters, abuse, serious accidents, and captivity) or from the witnessing or learning of a violent or tragic event.
What are the symptoms?
Although the symptoms for individuals with PTSD can vary considerably, they generally fall into three categories:
It is important to note that those with PTSD often use alcohol or other drugs in an attempt to self-medicate. Individuals with this disorder may also be at an increased risk for suicide.
How is it treated?
Types of traumatic events
Risk factors for firefighters
A few studies have also looked at what factors might put firefighters at greater risk for the development of PTSD. A number of risk factors for PTSD among firefighters have been identified. These include:
Protective factors for firefighters