Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Diagnosing and Treating This Silent Side Rider




Rogers, Justin L.

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Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)


The purpose of this research work is to bring awareness to and enlighten the reader of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (commonly referred to as PTSD) as a common and problematic issue plaguing the law enforcement community. Post Traumatic Stress Disorders are the direct result of being subjected to some type of traumatic experience that can cause the affected individual to experience a myriad of symptoms, in some cases, severe debilitating issues, that the individual could potentially cope with for prolonged amounts of time. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders can manifest themselves in many different avenues throughout an affected individual’s life. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders can affect and influence a decline in the mental health of an individual, cause problems with physical health, and even alter or discourage a healthy sociological lifestyle. Bringing awareness to PTSD, as a silent yet serious and prevalent condition, within the lives of the law enforcement community, can assist families, friends, and co workers in identifying the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress. Law enforcement (LE) agencies should strive to quickly detect and identify PTSD within LE and assist in providing resources and treatment for it. Early detection and proper identification of PTSD should further provide an avenue for taking an effective approach to addressing or seeking the appropriate help for those affected by PTSD, before irreparable damage can be done.



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