First Responders’ training teaches them to stay in a constant state of hypervigilance. Over time the brain may struggle to turn that down so that emotions can be processed. This can cause a backup of stress and emotions that can get “stuck” and the brain and body have a hard time knowing what to do to move forward.
When that happens first responders can experience difficult physical and emotional reactions trauma reactions that are detrimental to their relationships, their jobs, and ultimately their quality of life.
Some of the things they might experience are
- Suicidal Ideations and Acts
- Anger at self and others
- Panic Attacks
- Anxiety Attacks
- Disturbing Memories
- Uncontrolled Crying or the urge to cry all the time
- Pain Disorders
- Avoiding places that remind them of an event
- Sexual dysfunction
- Relationship challenges
- Personality Disorders
- Excessive responses given the situation
- High reactivity to certain triggers
There is hope. Treatments like ART/EMDR can help relieve the mind and body from these symptoms.
Please schedule a time with Dr. White so you can heal and live your best life.