Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Greenwich Officers Talk about the Toll of Police Work

Experts once thought that post-traumatic stress disorder could only happen if something happened directly to you,” said Professor Julian Ford, a trauma specialist at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. “But individuals such as first responders who repeatedly witness graphic details of horrific injury or physical devastation develop PTSD symptoms and potentially, if not cared for, PTSD.”

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Bombings Bring Back Bad Memories

Many in Connecticut revisited feelings this week related to previous traumas, whether it was the Newtown school shootings, the 9/11 attacks or another incident. The anxiety of being under attack, unsafe and threatened was re-awakened by this week’s events and 24-hour news coverage.

“The most immediate threat to our survival is if someone else is attempting to attack us,” said Julian Ford, a psychologist at UConn. “It’s clearly a very biologically hard-wired instinct to survive and protect.”

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