“I Know I Have PTSD!”

Oh, really?  I like hearing that from police officers about as much as police officers like to hear someone say, “I know my rights!” on a traffic stop.  And just like you may be tempted to ask, “And exactly which law school did you graduate from?”, I am likely to wonder where you obtained yourContinue reading ““I Know I Have PTSD!””

Three Stages of Burnout

Just like a car needs friction on the road in order to move, we all need some stress in our lives in order to be able to function.  However, just like a car that is poorly maintained and overdriven, we can suffer from stress overload and end up in trouble if we are not careful. Continue reading “Three Stages of Burnout”

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?”