Symptoms Of Ptsd And Mental Health Of First Responders

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Whether by a tragic accident or an accumulation of trauma witnessed by first responders, they are struggling and losing the battle. First responders are committing suicide at alarming rates that exceed line of duty deaths and have for years. People suffering from symptoms of PTSI (post traumatic stress injury) or PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) need peer support. Through shared experiences, and compassion for each other, first responders do their jobs, and handle life altering events like 9/11, Sandy Hook or the Clackamas mall shooting, able to stay sharp and mission ready, yet tragically, some fall victim to the stress. I have selected five articles for the mini literature review that have a central theme of research surrounding PTSD and mental health of first responders. I will share what type of research was conducted, their methodology, what their conclusions were, whether there were any shortcomings, and why the research is relevant to PTSD through summarizing each of the five articles. Research found in the article titled, “Mechanistic Role of Emotion Regulation in the PTSD and Alcohol Association” reveals alcohols role is not just a coping mechanism among first responders. The purpose of this experimental research and article are to fill a void in existing literature about the link between alcohol abuse and PTSD. The purpose is also centered on developing more targeted treatment of PTSD as it relates to emotion regulation. So how did they get to this? The study used 490 college students who fell into one of three categories. Those who had no exposure to trauma and consumed alcohol regularly, those who had experienced trauma and used alcohol regularly, and those who were both exposed to trauma and had sympt... ... middle of paper ... ...refighting is a stressful occupation. It also showcases the fact that much of the research specific to my career is incomplete. 9/11 wasn 't the first major disaster in the fire service but it is unique to a generation of firefighters and represents a majority of research for what we know about PTSD. After reviewing all of these studies and others, and working in the field as a firefighter paramedic for 17 years, I can attest to the fact that this is a stressful occupation. I have lost firefighters to PTSD. More research is needed and the way we do business needs to change based on the data. Prescreening is a prime example of research driven empirical data that isn 't being followed by the industry. The conversation about firefighter suicide needs to be had. It needs to include research, reporting improvements and a general acceptance that the problem exists.
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