How well do you understand PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) first appeared in the 3rd edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association, back in 1980 (DSM-III).  The symptoms of PTSD are caused by exposure to specific types of traumatic incidents; however, the vast majority of people who experience trauma do not experienceContinue reading “How well do you understand PTSD?”

Have you heard about Police Identity Disorder?

By guest author Dr. Stephanie M. Conn Do you remember what you were like when you became a police officer?  How does this person compare to who you are today?  Chances are, if it was just last year that you joined, you are not a drastically different person but I would bet you are different. Continue reading “Have you heard about Police Identity Disorder?”

A “little bit” of PTSD?

Telling people they have “a little bit of PTSD” is like telling people with a sunburn that they have “a little bit of a third degree burn.” Like they say in the insurance commercial, “That’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works.” Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is probably one of theContinue reading “A “little bit” of PTSD?”

Can it be this simple?

I grew up in Motown, listening to Motown music, and I still remember hearing Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 singing “ABC.” It has me asking the question today, “Can making a difference in the phenomenon of law enforcement suicide be that simple? I didn’t say “easy,” I said “simple.” And the answer is, thereContinue reading “Can it be this simple?”