APR 25, 2018 06:49 AM PDT

PTSD and First Responders

2 2 248


It's a fact that a job as a firefighter, EMT, police officer or other first responder is extremely stressful. There is a risk every day of violence, injury, and even death. First responders are often at the scenes of traumatic events like accidents, violent crimes and fires. All of these factors can add up Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.) While it might seem obvious that PTSD in first responders is most likely job-related, the fact is that many organizations do not cover PTSD under their worker's compensation insurance. This leaves these brave workers to cope on their own with the trauma they are exposed to, or find a different career.
Recently firefighters in New Hampshire petitioned the state legislature to require insurance companies to consider PTSD as a work-related condition in first responders. They were unsuccessful; however, the state has passed legislation that funds a commission to study PTSD in first responders. There is already a tremendous amount of research that shows how the trauma of working as a police officer, firefighter or EMT can affect those on the job, so NH first responders are hopeful that the commission will require coverage in the future.

About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
JUL 19, 2018
Videos
JUL 19, 2018
The Transition to Multicellular Life May Have Been Simple
It may have been relatively easy for complex organisms to form from one-celled microbes, researchers suggest.
JUL 24, 2018
Videos
JUL 24, 2018
Measles are on the Move
Measles is a highly contagious disease that used to be common in young children. Due to the development of vaccines, however, it’s been almost eradic
JUL 29, 2018
Space & Astronomy
JUL 29, 2018
Algae in Space: A Potential Food and Fuel Source?
During SpaceX’s recent CRS-15 launch, a mission to resupply the International Space Station with fresh supplies, the commercial space company’s
AUG 02, 2018
Videos
AUG 02, 2018
Which is More Damaging to Your Health, Alcohol or Weed?
Marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug under the federal government, making it a challenger for scientists to conduct further studies and gather stat
AUG 12, 2018
Videos
AUG 12, 2018
How A Therapeutic Gene Circuit Might Work
University of Wyoming researchers demonstrate their research in optogenetics.
AUG 13, 2018
Videos
AUG 13, 2018
What does sunscreen look like with a UV camera?
  Have you ever wondered if there’s really a difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50? You’re not the only one. YouTuber Physics Girl set out
Loading Comments...