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First responders struggle with PTSD - CBC.ca

First responders struggle with PTSD - CBC.ca | PTSD | Scoop.it
First responders struggle with PTSD
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While suicides of soldiers battling post-traumatic stress disorder have captured news headlines recently, there are calls to help paramedics and other first responders who also struggle with PTSD.
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When we think about PTSD I think the immediate though is war veterans who are dealing with trauma from combat situations.  While it is accurate that the majority of those who develop PTSD are in the military, other life-threatening traumas can lead to PTSD as well.  Even less well known is that you can develop PTSD if your job puts you in proximity of trauma.  Being that close to trauma on a regular basis can cause vicarious trauma, which can develop into full PTSD.  This PTSD is just as painful and real as those who developed it after a personal trauma took place.  We need to be aware that first responders and other professionals who work in with trauma survivors are at a greater risk of developing PTSD and help them out with these very difficult jobs.

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Talking Through Abuse Helps Kids Avoid PTSD - PsychCentral.com

Talking Through Abuse Helps Kids Avoid PTSD - PsychCentral.com | PTSD | Scoop.it
PsychCentral.com Talking Through Abuse Helps Kids Avoid PTSD PsychCentral.com Chad Shenk, Ph.D., and his research team found that adolescent girls who experienced maltreatment in the past year and were willing to talk about their painful...
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Jeffrey Y's comment, March 7, 2014 5:53 PM
I think there is an important difference that needs to be pointed out here. Talking about abuse does help those who have been through trauma. The key is that we don't force these victims to talk about something they aren't ready for. When you force a recent trauma survivor to immediately bring up the trauma it can actually do more harm than good. The bottom line is that we need these kids to feel comfortable talking to their parents about their trauma. One of the best ways to promote this is to ask. It seems that in this day and age society tells us that it is not ok to feel bad, that you should be happy all the time, which we then will fake. We need to allow people, kids in particular that it is normal and ok to feel bad and invite them to talk about how they feel with us.
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Monitoring and Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Monitoring and Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) | PTSD | Scoop.it
According to a new Canadian study, current and former soldiers who seek treatment for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) need to be observed closely for signs of depression. PTSD is the single s...
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Jeffrey Y's comment, March 2, 2014 1:52 PM
I think a lot of the time when we hear hypnosis we imagine people being manipulated and controlled against their will. This article's video on hypnosis is more accurate in its description of hypnosis. It is where a person is in complete control of the situation and uses relaxation and focused thinking to create awareness. This could be helpful for victims of PTSD where memories can be repressed or too painful to visit under normal conditions.
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Psychological stress of adventuring explored in Darkest Dungeon ...

Psychological stress of adventuring explored in Darkest Dungeon ... | PTSD | Scoop.it
Darkest Dungeon is a dungeon crawling game that forces players to take their heroes' mental wellbeing into account. "They get stressed, develop phobias, proclivities, and other emotional baggage," explained the developer, ...
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Jeffrey Y's comment, March 2, 2014 2:02 PM
I think the idea of a video game where the characters are susceptible to psychological traumas is fascinating. Many of the popular games of this generation are violent shooting games with large amounts of blood and gore. With the player being safely at home sitting on a couch I think it is very difficult for people to develop empathy for how traumatic some of the situations video game characters are in. A prime example are the modern warfare and call of duty games where the player fights in past, present, and future wars. These games focus on the excitement of battle and the thrill of victory, rather than the fear of death and the trauma of injury.
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Trauma can be treated, but not erased

Trauma can be treated, but not erased | PTSD | Scoop.it
Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett: Post-traumatic stress disorder sufferers need compassion, and swift, quality treatment – as I discovered myself (A spot-on account of PTSD: Trauma can be treated, but not erased | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
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Jeffrey Y's comment, March 7, 2014 5:32 PM
PTSD is marked by increases in cortisol levels, which make all memories difficult to bring to mind. Traumatic memories are much more potent due to evolution. The brain needs to be aware of the biggest potential threats, which is what trauma is. Memories that don't stress are much easier to forget or let go of. Exposure therapy attempts to do this through desensitization, by continually facing a painful memory in a safe place you can make a traumatic experience less traumatic. I think that using drugs to erase memories could be risky as it sounds like repression. I am interested to see where this research goes.
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Most Stressful Jobs - Business Insider

Most Stressful Jobs - Business Insider | PTSD | Scoop.it
Some jobs just stress workers out more than others. Here's a list by CareerCast of the most stressful jobs in America.
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Jeffrey Y's comment, March 7, 2014 4:26 PM
I think it is important to take into account the type of job or lifestyle that a person has when looking at PTSD. Granted not all of the jobs in this article would qualify as trauma that could develop into PTSD, but the amount of stress and smaller traumas will actually make someone more susceptible to developing PTSD when a life threatening trauma does come around.
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MDMA for PTSD: How Ecstasy Is Helping People with Post ...

MDMA for PTSD: How Ecstasy Is Helping People with Post ... | PTSD | Scoop.it
“If this is in fact something that can help a lot of people and we're at this stage of the research, which is at least 20 years behind where it would be if it had been guided only by science and not by politics and fears and other ...
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The problems with saying that ecstasy is helping people with PTSD is that it only helps for a short period of time and it has negative effects once the ecstasy wears off.  Its the same idea of using alcohol to forget one's problems and feel better.  Sure you feel better when you are drinking, but it wears off.  Ecstasy has been shown to relieve stress and anxiety, but after it wears off you are left with health problems, psychological problems, and the need for more.  This can lead to financial problems, which is just opening the door for more problems.  

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10-Minute Yoga for Stress Relief - Huffington Post

10-Minute Yoga for Stress Relief - Huffington Post | PTSD | Scoop.it
10-Minute Yoga for Stress Relief
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If you are feeling overwhelmed by an endless to-do list, constant emails filling your inbox, or just generally stressed out, consider a 10-minute yoga break instead of a 10-minute coffee break.
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Jeffrey Y's comment, March 7, 2014 5:08 PM
While I think that Yoga is great, I think it has become almost the "poster boy" of reducing stress. There is no question that Yoga can help reduce stress. It is a combination of exercise and mindfulness which works well for many people. However it isn't for everyone. Stress can be reduced a hundred different ways, and all of these way depend on each individual person. For some it is running, others read a book. Playing video games, swimming, hiking, watching a movie; all of these can be used in place of Yoga to help reduce stress. The key if figuring what work for you.
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Fish Oil Cited in Dramatic Healing After Severe Brain Trauma

Fish Oil Cited in Dramatic Healing After Severe Brain Trauma | PTSD | Scoop.it
It's particularly critical for your brain health, and as the featured article and my interview with JJ Virgin shows, it may even help heal and restore brain function after a traumatic brain injury. Recent research also suggests that ...
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Jeffrey Y's comment, March 7, 2014 4:20 PM
Neuroscience has shown that the brain can not heal after an injury after the neuroplastic phase in early childhood. While fish oil has been shown to improve brain functioning it is information like this that is causing false hope in families that have someone suffer a TBI. Some functioning may return because the brain will rewire certain functioning, but the damaged parts of the brain will never heal. It is a sad truth, but a truth that people need to be aware of so they can make the best decisions if faced with something so tragic.
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FDA warns consumers about supplements making brain trauma protection claims

FDA warns consumers about supplements making brain trauma protection claims | PTSD | Scoop.it
The Food and Drug Administration has put industry on notice that it won’t tolerate the rising tide of dietary supplement ingredients being marketed for their role in ameliorating the effects of traumatic brain injury.

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Jeffrey Y's comment, March 2, 2014 2:52 PM
Its amazing the lengths that marketing agencies will go in order to sell their product. Anyone who has taken a class in neuropsychology tell you that the overwhelming majority of neurons do not regenerate regardless of what we do to them, but the marketing agencies attempt to make us think otherwise, even though they admit that they are crafty with wordplay when they write the descriptions of their product. This misinformation can lead to people taking risks they wouldn't take otherwise if they knew the permanent nature of TBIs.
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and How It Can Effect SleepKelly's ...

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and How It Can Effect SleepKelly's ... | PTSD | Scoop.it
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that is induced in an individual after they have suffered from an experience that is psychologically traumatizing. Often associated with soldiers and returning vets and ...
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Jeffrey Y's comment, March 7, 2014 4:08 PM
One of the reasons that sleeping is often a problem for those with PTSD is the intrusion of past trauma in dreams or night terrors. In these dreams the victim can actually relive the trauma previously suffered. For example, a war veteran may dream about being back in a war zone. Because these dreams are so disturbing and disruptive for people they will try to avoid sleeping or have restless sleep, which interferes with other cognitive functions.
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Wounded Times: Vet with PTSD has to give up guns,,,stillWounded ...

Wounded Times: Vet with PTSD has to give up guns,,,stillWounded ... | PTSD | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: Feds Tell Veteran He Will Lose 2nd Amendment Rights Because of PTSD Salem-News.com. Tim King and Jerry Freeman January 9, 2014. When did serving your country become a crime? Pat Kirby during the ...
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Jeffrey Y's comment, March 7, 2014 4:16 PM
I think the problem is that we are looking at this situation in a black and white sense. Do we need to take away guns for all veterans or should we let them keep them? As pointed out in the article, people are different. They have different resiliences and thresholds which allow certain people to handle the stress of war better than others. What should be implemented is an interview with a psychologist or mental health professional who is well versed with PTSD, that war veterans are required to go though when returning home. The counselor and veteran can decide together if the veteran should be allowed to carry a weapon.