Combating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Law enforcement

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2019-02

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Rodriguez, Gilberto III

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Battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in law enforcement is a daunting task, but there are resources and training out there to help counter this disease. Law enforcement officers are known as peacemakers, even though they may not be at peace themselves. Agencies and legislators have the option to impose mandatory screenings and provide more training on stress and PTSD in law enforcement. Many leaders ask about ways to improve morale, as stress has a serious effect on it. Stress not only has a serious effect on morale, it can also, in some cases, lead to PTSD when officers are unable to cope with the stresses that come with the profession. PTSD is caused by trauma. Someone experiencing a traumatic event may have flashbacks, or otherwise experience anxiety similar to that surrounding the triggering event. Individuals may experience uncomfortable mental and even physical pain. Other factors that may also play a role in causing PTSD will also be addressed. Law enforcement officers are constantly facing difficult situations and being exposed to traumatic events. A mandatory screening aiming to detect PTSD would help officers perform their duties with a clearer mindset. Training on the effects of stress, anxiety, and PTSD would also be extremely beneficial. This type of training would not only combat PTSD, it would also help officers deal with everyday stresses. Officers would benefit a great deal by receiving training and mandatory screenings to minimize the effects of stress and PTSD.

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Police--Job Stress, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Police Psychology

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