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Addiction Through the Eyes of a Child

June 1, 2018

Children look to their parents for emotional and physical survival. But what happens when a child can’t fully rely on one or both parents for these basic necessities? The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that 25 percent of American children are exposed to one or more family members dealing with substance dependence or […]

Distinguishing Between ASD and PTSD

May 30, 2018

Studies show that about 20 percent of fire fighters and paramedics will experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some point in their career, compared to 3.5 percent of the general population. However, acute stress disorder (ASD) is lesser known. You may not recognize the signs of this specific mental health disorder. ASD can occur in […]

Finding the Courage to Ask for Professional Help

May 28, 2018

Many of us are unwilling to ask for help when we need it the most. If you’re fighting with addiction or mental health issues, asking for help can put you in a particularly uncomfortable and vulnerable position. Saying, “I need help,” may seem like an admission of weakness, but it isn’t. Admitting that you need […]

Myth Vs. Facts About PTSD

May 25, 2018

Most working Americans clock out at the end of their shift and leave their work at the office. But for fire fighters, work is harder to shake off at the end of the day. Fire fighters are not only responsible for fighting fires — they respond to vehicle accidents and incidents, including terrorist attacks, mass […]

How Do I Know If I Have PTSD?

May 23, 2018

Most fire fighters and paramedics are no strangers to trauma. After all, events that would be uncommon to most people to experience — such as car wrecks, fires and overdoses — are a normal part of the work day for many IAFF members. These events can be difficult to process. But when the memories of […]

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