Trauma affects first responders

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Trauma affects first responders

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First responders, they are strong and courageous, but they go through all kinds of trauma whether physical or mental. Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. “On the 9/11 attacks stress took a toll on many of the first responders; many  of them left their jobs and relocated”says Jayne Crisp, Administrator of ATSS(association of traumatic stress specialists) greenville, South Carolina.  Stress is hard to deal with. “A traumatic incident might technically be over, but for those there helping it sticks with them forever” according to, http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2013/09/people_think_youre_trained_for_that_but_youre_not_first_responder_counseling_imperative_after_trauma.html

Traumatic stress is hazardous in the emergency services,

According to new jersey news.

ponders see traumatic events everyday and some handle it by taking days, weeks, even months off at a time.

Others however,  ether don’t handle it or still go to work and just don’t talk about it. A first responder  is someone designated or trained to respond to an emergency. Firefighters, paramedics, police officers, security officers, FBI agents, ATF agents, park rangers, CERT members, doctors, nurses, US Marshals, and DEA agents… actually there are at least 90 different professions that are considered first responders according to the National First Responders Organization http://www.nfro.org/who.html. First responders are  at greater risk to PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) due to the amount of consistent first-hand exposure to extremely stressful and traumatic experiences.  Every day first responders encounter stressful and potentially traumatic events such as shootings, fires, accidents, disasters, and death. “Trauma in students increase in bad areas” says Dr. Jackson principal at Miriam academy high school.

 

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