PTSD in First Responders

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is fast becoming a serious problem for millions of individuals around the world. Facing extreme circumstances can often trigger PTSD and it’s something which can affect a person on a major level. However, PTSD can be treated and there is lots of support available as well; this can truly be extremely important, to say the least. Why, however, do first responders get PTSD and what can be done to help treat this condition?

Extreme Incidents

Let’s be honest, first responders such as firefighters, police, and paramedics are the ones to be first on the scene of horrific accidents and incidents. It can be truly awful to have the scenes remain in your mind long after the accidents are over. How would you feel having to deal with the aftermath of a traumatic incident? What would you do after you went into a burning building and saw such horrific scenes? You can go home after your shift is ended but the images and thoughts can still remain with you and that is so difficult to get over. PTSD is a major problem and for first responders, it’s all because of how when they arrive on the scene, they’re the first and things can appear far worse than when the incident is over. It’s traumatic.