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The PTSD Pressure Cooker
Updated On: Feb 26, 2020

Author: IAFF Center of Excellence Staff

February 3, 2020

Coming to terms with a traumatic event is always difficult. If you’re a fire fighter or paramedic struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you know that symptoms can interfere with your personal and professional life. To cope, you may be tempted to push away your feelings, hoping that in time they’ll go away on their own.

Attempting to deny or suppress PTSD symptoms doesn’t make them fade any faster; in fact, they usually worsen. In many ways, ignoring PTSD symptoms is like turning up the heat in a pressure cooker. The longer you wait to acknowledge your symptoms and get the help you need, the more the pressure builds — and the more likely you are to explode....

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