Q&A

PTSD with First Responders

PTSD with First Responders

Preeminent psychologist and PTSD expert Deborah Beidel provides insights about the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues experienced by first responders.

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What percentage of first responders experience PTSD? Does one profession have a higher likelihood of leading to PTSD than others?
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How do you assess for PTSD in a first responder who holds the old belief that only war veterans can develop PTSD?
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How do you help first responders with repeated trauma exposure so that it doesn't become PTSD?
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What would you see as the main treatment approach for PTSD developed as a result of being a first responder?
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How can you help someone accept the diagnosis of PTSD when they hold the belief that only those who have a near death experience themselves can develop PTSD?
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Does the science support peer support groups within departments to help prevent PTSD for first responders?
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