Post-Trauma Stress: Officer Well-being Post Confrontation (Part 2)

Part one of this two-part article introduced readers to the diagnostic criteria of post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) and the range of emotional reactions officers may experience after a traumatic event. As discussed, while officers may have little control over when confrontations occur, they do have control over how they respond to these events before, during and after. This article concludes the discussion by … [Read more...]

Post-Trauma Stress: Officer Well-being Post Confrontation (Part 1)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often referred to as a self-inflicted malady, and this is true to some extent. But it is inflicted out of ignorance. Once individuals have knowledge of what can occur under stress and how to ‘release it’ through breathing and debriefing, they are no longer ignorant. Part one of this two-part article discusses the emotional reactions officers may experience after experiencing or … [Read more...]

Recognising And Dealing With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

By Tony McHugh. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric consequence of exposure to potentially traumatic events (PTEs); that is, events where the person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted by an incident involving actual or threatened death, serious injury or threat to the self or others. Such events include war and war-like occurrences, physical and sexual assault, serious accidental injury and … [Read more...]