No one ever talks about the “freeze” response . . .

Nearly everyone has heard of the “fight or flight” response along with the array of physical responses that are activated whenever a threat is perceived: a quick release of adrenalin, the cardio-vascular system speeds up, blood goes from the extremities to the vital organs leaving hands and feet cooler and lowering skin temperature, brainwave patternsContinue reading “No one ever talks about the “freeze” response . . .”

What’s in a label?

First responders are reluctant to see licensed mental health professionals for fear of being labeled as having a problem.  While this is certainly not always the case, the decision to fight the stigma and seek treatment for stress-related symptoms can often have unintended consequences.  Can the symptoms of chronic or critical incident stress lead toContinue reading “What’s in a label?”

The Realist Eats the Donut

An optimist, a pessimist, and a realist walk into a donut shop . . . Give me a few minutes, and I promise I will explain how this relates to being a police officer (besides just the fact that it mentions donuts!). I would say that the majority of police officers enter the profession withContinue reading “The Realist Eats the Donut”

Is there such a thing as a “suicidal personality?”

Have you ever wondered whether there is such a thing as a “suicidal personality?”  Science has made some great strides, and quite a bit of research has been done on personality traits and their possible link to suicidal thoughts.  If we could only predict which individuals, based on personality, were more likely to consider suicide,Continue reading “Is there such a thing as a “suicidal personality?””