Police officers are the frontline soldiers in daily conflicts, incidents, accidents and violence. While often underappreciated, these men and women help make our communities stronger and safer every day. Unfortunately, police officers work under constant stress and pressure. Many police officers suffer trauma because of this constant daily stress, and some become affected with PTSD. Both trauma and PTSD are highly treatable.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (http://www.ptsd.va.gov/) conducts research on posttraumatic stress disorder and the nature of traumatic events.
Traumatic events can include any event that causes the brain to become aroused and active. Even positive events like a marriage, new home or new baby can cause the brain to react with high arousal. Over time, constant stressors may cause health problems and mental illnesses like depression or anxiety. Severe traumas that police endure on a regular basis can lead to a more severe type of anxiety called posttraumatic stress disorder. Trauma and stressors experienced by police officers may include the following:
These symptoms can be highly traumatic over time. There are support services available to officers but many police officers do not use these services when needed. If the stress becomes too much, it may impact the officer’s career, ability to make solid decisions or family life. Be aware of PTSD symptoms that require help. Some symptoms of PTSD include the following:
PTSD can also lead to problems with substance abuse and addiction. Many people who struggle with PTSD also struggle with substance abuse. Most officers claim that drinking or engaging in problematic behaviors was originally a way to cope with stress.
Not everyone develops PTSD, but for those who do, there is help available. We offer a toll-free placement service to help you find specialized treatment. We often work with police and soldiers to help them receive the best civilian addiction and mental health treatment available. If you don’t seek treatment for yourself, seek treatment for the people who love you. Seek treatment to become a better officer. Let us help. Ask us how we can help you verify insurance benefits for treatment. We are fully licensed and HIPPA compliant. All of our calls are confidential, and we are available 24 hours a day. Find out how we can help today.