December 22, 2019
At its core, anger is one of the most primal survival responses in human beings. It’s no wonder that it’s so closely tied to trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Traumatic events are often life-threatening. Experiencing trauma can leave you feeling vulnerable. Anger may serve as a way to cope and maintain some sense of control.
But what happens when anger goes ignored or unchecked? Unfortunately, this can happen to some fire fighters and paramedics in the wake of traumatic events. The good news is that it’s possible to manage post-traumatic anger by recognizing it, understanding its roots and seeking professional treatment for PTSD when indicated.
As with any emotion, anger is complex. It manifests itself both physically and mentally. In many cases, anger manifests as behaviors that can affect your family life, work and relationships
Post-traumatic anger may play a role in three different aspects of PTSD:
Post-traumatic anger can be all-consuming, dramatically altering the way you see yourself, the people you love and the world as a whole. If left unchecked, it can end careers, disrupt households and ruin lives. If you struggle with anger after a traumatic event, you might feel out of control and powerless to stop it. Fortunately, there are proven ways to control post-traumatic anger and related symptoms
In the same way that all emotions communicate important information about both the outer world and inner experience, anger in the wake of trauma can be an important sign that healing needs to take place. With the help of professional care from a trusted therapist, you can begin to understand the roots of your anger and learn the skills needed to manage it. A better life is out there, and treatment for your PTSD could be the first step toward attaining it.
You might feel alone, but the truth is that countless men and women have been in your boots. With the help of professional care, you can find relief. The IAFF Center of Excellence is a behavioral health treatment center that specializes in care for IAFF members.
For more information, representatives are available to take your call. Reach out today to get started.