Emotions are often triggered unexpectedly. What happens in the next few seconds following a trigger determines the difference between whether an individual will react or respond. A reaction typically provokes more reactions that seem to have no end. On the other hand, a response typically provokes discussion that can lead to resolution. The more reacting we do, the less empowered we might become.
Over time, exposure to danger, chaos and tragedy can cause stress which takes a toll on first responders’ mental and physical health.
The linked article examines the challenges of first responders seeking help in response to such stress as well as what can be gained from confidential treatment.
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First Responder Resilience:Smashing the Stigma. A documentary by Tania Glenn.
Stress in the workplace and at home is a reality for many first responders. Left unchecked it could impact your health in negative ways. Stressors have a major influence upon mood, our sense of well-being, behavior, and health. (Schneiderman, Ironson, Siegel. 2005)
Taking a few minutes each day for yourself can have a great impact on your overall health and wellbeing.
Meditation may actually help to reduce stress, improve focus, mood and even sleep.
Family members and loved ones of fire fighters have one of the most important roles in the fire service - being the support to someone who spends his/her time saving others.
Check out this informative article about the rates of PTSD in firefighters.
The article has several links to resources that will help with understanding the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and coping skills for PTSD.
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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health issue that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. After being involved in traumatic events themselves or witnessing traumatic events, it is common for most people to experience symptoms like upsetting memories, bad memories, and trouble sleeping (ptsd.va.gov). However, if the symptoms continue longer than a month or several months, a diagnosis of PTSD is possible and you would want to meet with a mental health provider for accurate assessment and diagnosis.