First Responder Help
First responders endure trauma every day. When a first responder is needed, it is because someone else is having the worst or most traumatic moment of their life. First responder’s not only have to endure other people’s traumatic events, but still have to maintain their own private life as well. After a period of time, being exposed to constant trauma takes a toll. Experiencing signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD is expected when dealing with continuous trauma. Intervention may become necessary, however, if symptoms progress to the point of interfering with daily life, affecting relationships, or affecting work.
Many of our military and veterans suffer with PTSD. Many veterans feel disconnected when they return from overseas. Some have stated they couldn’t wait to come back home, but upon arriving home felt out of place. When PTSD starts to manifest, many families are unsure how to handle the increasing symptoms. It can be overwhelming. As symptoms increase, spouses often feel more isolated creating more tension.
In both military and first responder families, PTSD can be very damaging. With proper help and healing, families are able to reconnect. While treating our military and first responders, it is important that our families receive care as well. PTSD can be damaging to spouses and children of our first responders and veterans. In finding healing, families are able to move forward while working through the effects of PTSD and restoring relationships.
Signs and Symptoms of PTSD
- Anger and Rage
- Startle Reflex
- Hyper-vigilance (constant state of high alert)
- Poor Memory
- Self Destructive Behavior
- Poor Concentration
- Survivor’s Guilt
- Dissociation or Blackouts
- Loss of Motivation
- Poor Self esteem
How to Know When to Seek Help
It is difficult to know when to seek outside intervention. If your PTSD symptoms are interfering with your daily life then it is time to seek help. PTSD is an injury, and like any other injury it requires treatment. You need immediate intervention if your symptoms interfere with your daily life and/or progress into self medicating, over medicating, drinking, domestic violence, relationship issues, issues at work, or suicidal ideations.
Truvida offers a variety of options for our first responders, military, and veterans. Here are a few examples of services offered at Truvida for our first responders and military:
- Trauma Focused Therapy
- Individual Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
- Brain Mapping
- Visual Concentration Attention Therapy (VCAT)
- Biosound Therapy
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