What First Responders Should Seek in Mental Health Clinicians [2017-07-10]

A career in public safety is unlike any other. Police officers, firefighters, and paramedics wake up each morning with the mission of keeping communities safe—often risking their own lives to protect others. While these noble professions can be exceptionally rewarding, they also regularly expose men and women to traumatic scenes and situations that can challenge their ability to cope with stress.

This ongoing exposure to trauma can often affect a person’s ability to function both in their personal and professional life. In many cases, continual trauma can lead to symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When this happens, treatment may be needed to help a public safety professional live a healthy and full life.

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Heather Lemke, In Public Safety, July 10, 2017