Confronting an open shooter, running into a burning building, or rushing to aid those injured in such attacks all sound like unsettling situations for most, but for America’s first responders, it’s another day on the job. While America’s heroes are trained to handle such daunting and dangerous situations, they are still human beings experiencing traumatic situations. It’s no wonder our first responders experience a higher rate of PTSD and depression compared to other professions.
Many people are familiar with the term post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but few may realize that they may be suffering from it. It’s commonly recognized that military veterans may experience PTSD, but they are not the only group of people who may suffer from it. Experiencing any traumatic event in life can lead to developing PTSD, such as childhood abuse, a car accident, domestic violence, or a toxic relationship.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression share a lot of the same symptoms and may even be diagnosed together, but is PTSD actually a form of depression? The short answer is no.