Treatment of PTSD in Police Officers

The treatment of PTSD in police officers is an under-studied, but very important, area.  One study* examined the relationship between the routine work environment of police officers and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms who were first assessed during academy training and reassessed 1-year later. In a model that included gender, ethnicity, traumatic exposure prior to entering the academy, current negative life events, and critical incident exposure over the last year, routine work environment stress was most strongly associated with PTSD symptoms. The study of treatment of PTSD in police officers also found that routine work environment stress affected the relationship between critical incident exposure and PTSD symptoms and between current negative life events and PTSD symptoms. This study shows that the treatment of PTSD in police officers in their daily work environment, and the way police officers are treated at work, affects their and recovery from PTSD.  Ensuring that the work environment is functioning optimally protects against the effects of duty-related critical incidents and improves their recovery.

Because our treatment for PTSD and anxiety programs rely on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods.  The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from depression and other mental health disorders.  In fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of these disorders in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies.

Treatment of PTSD in police officers may be under-studied because it is difficult for many law enforcement officers to ask for help. Unfortunately, in Tennessee, about 3.7% of all adults will have serious thoughts of suicide.  Furthermore, less half of all individuals with any mental illness in Tennessee will receive mental health treatment. However, we know that law enforcement, fire fighters, and other first responders can also benefit from treatment of ptsd.

Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting. It is also important to keep in mind that women and men often experience PTSD and depression differently and therefore the presence of PTSD and depression may also appear differently based on gender. If you or a loved one is showing signs of PTSD, anxiety or depression, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan for depression that can result in recovery.  Treatment for depression and anxiety can be highly successful.  People who have completed our program have provide very high consumer satisfaction scores and reviewsCall us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.

*Maguen S, Metzler TJ, McCaslin SE, Inslicht SS, Henn-Haase C, Neylan TC, Marmar CR.  (2009). Routine work environment stress and PTSD symptoms in police officers.  J Nerv Ment Dis.  Oct;197(10):754-60.


 

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