Responding to Your Own Mental Health
A firefighter’s job is unlike any other. We wear our pride and dedication to our careers on our sleeves, on the windows of our cars or tattooed on our bodies. All my life growing up I wanted to be involved in the fire service. It helped that my dad, grandfather, and great grandfather were all firefighters—
The Road to Resiliency: A Case Study
The emphasis of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) has to be on the management of stress, not on the stress itself. It is easy to fall into the trap of sharing ‘war stories’ when speaking to those in crisis in an attempt to underscore many of the unique ways stress presents itself following a critical incident or trauma.
PTSD Can Attack Years Later
Can you develop Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) months or even years after a traumatic event like 9/11? Without having shown any previous symptoms? Studies of World War II veterans and victims of motor vehicle accidents say Yes.
This phenomenon is called "delayed onset PTSD," according to the therapist's diagnostic bible known as the DSM-IV-TR. It states that symptoms first appear at least six months after the traumatic event. That could mean months or even years later.