By: karengray | June 24, 2019

PTSD stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and is a condition that affects many veterans and non-veterans alike. PTSD can be the result of experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. The specific nature of the trauma can and does vary greatly.


Most often we hear about PTSD in reference to combat and combat-related military service, or law enforcement and emergency personnel. What you may not realize is that any traumatic event can be sufficient to trigger symptoms of PTSD in anyone.


Experiencing and even witnessing events like childhood abuse, sexual violence, physical assault, being threatened, accidents, a life threatening medical diagnosis, fire, domestic violence, prolonged stress, and any experience that brings into question our ab...

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By: karengray | February 26, 2019

I became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in the summer of 2001. After completing my certification, I started working with my town’s ambulance service. I lived in a small town in rural Vermont, and the ambulance calls were rarely anything like you see on TV or hear about from larger cities, but we certainly kept busy.

 

Most of our calls were to the local ski area, and the nursing homes, and the occasional car accident. Most of them were pretty non-eventful and I don’t remember them. But some of them were really bad and those did have a lasting negative effect.

 

I started “dealing” with the emotional toll like a lot of my peers, I went out after the call was over and drank. In other words, I didn’t deal with it at all. The stre...

Category: PTSD 

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