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1 Post traumatic stress disorder PTSD or burn-out has always been and issue for paramedics and other emergency responders but it wasnt recognized or even considered to be a significant problem The causes of PTSD range from a major life-threatening incident eg war act of violence accident and disaster to a prolonged series of events eg bullying harassment abuse living with a violent partner PTSD was introduced in the 1980s before then it has been known by many names including shell shock war neurosis soldiers heart gross stress reaction transient situation disturbance combat stress combat fatigue battle fatigue stress breakdown traumatic neurosis The following is a list of PTSD symptoms that I have gathered from various sources but mostly from psychology courses that I have taken in the paramedic program sleep problems nightmares and waking early flashbacks and replays which the victim cant switch off impaired memory forgetfulness inability to recall names facts and dates that are well known to you impaired concentration poor memory and inability to concentrate exaggerated startle response irritability sudden intense anger occasional violent outbursts panic attacks hypersensitivity whereby every remark is perceived as critical 1 obsessive - the experience takes over your life you cant get it out of your mind joint and muscle pains which have no obvious cause feelings of nervousness anxiety reactive depression excessive levels of shame embarrassment survivor guilt for having survived when others perished a feeling of having been given a second chance at life undue fear low self-esteem and shattered self-confidence emotional numbness inability to feel love or joy feelings of detachment avoidance of anything that reminds you of the experience physical and mental paralysis at any reminder of the experience So what types of experiences are most likely to cause PTSD Is PTSD more prevalent in highly populated areas or is it just as likely in less populated regions Im most interested in PTSD rates of paramedics because Im a paramedic student just
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