Post Traumatic Stress Disorder In Police Officers

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The actual life of a police officer is spent responding to crimes, interviewing witnesses and suspects, apprehending fugitives, and collecting evidence. They witness and experience many traumatic events, such as having to respond to a murder call or a rape situation. Things, such as the ones mentioned lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Police officers (PTSD). PTSD is a disorder that may be triggered by witnessing or experiencing traumatic events. Law enforcement officers’ experience these events at one point while on duty, which is why PTSD is common within this line of duty. A police officer with PTSD suffers social stress around friends and family, and instead of seeking help they turn to unhealthy habits. PTSD symptoms are put into three categories, the first one being Re-Experiencing symptoms (Ellison, 2004). These symptoms include, being exposed to traumatic…show more content…
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