Does stress have to be post traumatic?

Lately in the media, and on everyone’s mind has been the topic of post traumatic stress disorder. All my feelings about the word disorder aside(check out my last article), I submit a question: Does trauma or stress have to present itself months or years down the road for it to be taken seriously? The answerContinue reading “Does stress have to be post traumatic?”

Mental Health Viewpoint: The Fine Line Between WHAT and WHO.

In the last few years we have witnessed a major turn in the way we view our minds. First responders of the past were though of as hard men that had a calling. This calling brought out the best of men and women that saw the worst the world could offer. Now we know thatContinue reading “Mental Health Viewpoint: The Fine Line Between WHAT and WHO.”

Our hospital staff are human too!!

It’s a subject that isn’t often talked about. As much as fire/police/EMS want to be recognized for what we go through in the line of duty, nurses and hospital staff are still falling to the wayside. I’ve had many conversations on this topic lately, and it occurred to me that no matter which of myContinue reading “Our hospital staff are human too!!”

Are you ok with just getting by?

Me with one of my personal hero’s in the fire service, Paul Enhelder The problem with mental health issues both in the ranks of first responders, and in the civilian world, is not in the illness itself; it’s in how it’s treated. Treatment is often the same in a professional setting as it is forContinue reading “Are you ok with just getting by?”