It’s normal to experience some sort of emotional reaction when you’ve been exposed to a traumatic or stressful event.
CFA members regularly attend potentially traumatic incidents including fires, floods, and car crashes which can be confronting. Most people recover from these incidents over time.
However, a small number may experience ongoing problems which may affect their ability to function in social situations at work or in other important roles.
There are different types of trauma and stress-related disorders
In this Article, We’ll be talking in more detail about the meaning of post-traumatic stress disorder
One in ten people experiences post-traumatic stress disorder at some stage in their lives.
Being involved in or witnessing a traumatic or life-threatening event is one of the leading causes of post-traumatic stress disorder.
It’s a complex disorder that affects people differently.
Many people experience some signs of post-traumatic stress disorder in the first couple of weeks after a traumatic event, but most recover on their own or with the help of family and friends.
For this reason, a person is not diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder unless the symptoms persist for more than one month.
So what sort of things might indicate PTSD
Some common symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress disorder include
Distressing memories or Dreams Related to trauma
Feelings of Distress
Physical Reactions to reminders of the event.
Persistently avoiding reminders of the event either internal reminders such as thoughts or external reminders such as people, places and activities.
Mood such as negative beliefs about one’s self and others reduced interest in activities and an inability to experience positive emotions.
Exaggerated startle response
Problems with Concentration or Sleep
Distress Behavior within three months of the event
Difficulty functioning in social situations and at work
If you’re experiencing some or all of these symptoms and they persist for much of the day and interfere with your ability to manage your work your Brigade responsibilities or your relationships consider seeking help from a doctor or psychologist.
Also, remember that it’s not unusual for people with post-traumatic stress disorder to experience other mental health problems at the same time.
While post-traumatic stress disorder receives a lot of attention in emergency services.
CFA members are more likely to be diagnosed with depression anxiety and substance use problems.
Remember mental health issues should not be ignored if left untreated they could develop into a more serious mental illness.
Take the time to find out about mental health so you can better understand your own risk factors recognize the warning signs and take action.