Shooting incidents occur too frequently in police work; subsequently, police officers and PTSD are frequently mentioned together. When a shooting incident occurs, the psychological impact for the officers involved may take the form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Of police officers who had been involved in serious shooting incidents over a seven year period, one study found that 46% fulfilled criteria for police officers and PTSD, either at the time of the interview or prior to it. 46% of the remaining officers still showed an impressive pattern of PTSD symptoms even though they did not qualify for a diagnosis and only 8% of police officers showed no symptoms of PTSD. Clearly, the majority of officers involved in shootings experience PTSD symptoms and it is the rare exception where no PTSD symptoms are experienced at all.
Another study showed that the best predictor of which officers would develop PTSD was exposure to the threat of life or death. Can you imagine being in a shooting where there is not exposure to the threat of life or death? Officers and first responders face this type of stress on a daily basis and for this reason police officers often experience PTSD. Due to the nature of their work, unfortunately police officers and PTSD are frequently found together. Research has shown that intensive treatment can be effective in reducing the signs and symptoms of PTSD and that the sooner someone receives treatment, the better their response.
Fortunately, there is now an Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of severe anxiety disorders, including for police officers and PTSD. 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 police officers and PTSD in seven peer reviewed treatment outcome studies.
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 reviews. Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.