First responders have a high rate of experiencing or witnessing field-specific trauma. Around 5% – 22% of First Responders are diagnosed with unresolved trauma annually. While this differs from PTSD, a long-standing condition, it’s important for first responders experiencing trauma to seek treatment so it doesn’t become a larger issue.
The situations first responders are involved in are very difficult and stressful. Every encounter brings about difficult decision-making and very little time to act. They are also oftentimes providing support for those who are traumatized and in shock. All of this routine exposure is traumatizing and requires professional help to be dealt with effectively.
For those struggling with PTSD, living in the moment is extremely difficult. Our brain is trying to subconsciously protect us from the past. Part of moving forward is living in the moment. Whether taking time for yoga or hanging out listening to the birds’ chirp, mindfulness can be anything that pulls you into the present. One simple exercise for this is called the five senses.
While doing this exercise, it helps you focus on what is around you in the moment and brings you back to the present.
Our Veterans Rehab Admissions Team is standing by. We are a part of a Community Care Network, which means Veterans can get a referral from the VA, if they are eligible, to come to one of our facilities instead of a VA facility if they wish.