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Found new blog that I think everyone should follow.  Its called PTSD, The Job, and Me.  www.ptsdthejobandme.blogspot.com.  Its just starting out so its just a couple posts and a little history of how he got here, but its a must read.

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I have the feeling if I click on the link my computer will explode.


Maybe it's just my PTSD. 

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 No, its legit

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I read the blog. It appears that the author is using the blog to be a type of therapy for himself.


We have to keep in mind that people with extraordinary bad circumstances may need professional help. I am not so sure this is a generic case of PTSD.


Even though this fellow may be feeling a catharsis in writing about his situation, it may not be that effective for everyone.


I have found that a lot of people will blog about their problems and disorders. And, on the opposite end, a lot of people do not post up just to let everyone know they are fine and ok. When was the last time you made an appointment with your personal doctor just to tell him you're ok. I appears to be the same in the blogosphere. Lots of weirdness and complaints, not too many 'everything's good with me."


 


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I will check it out.


Blogging one's personal problems is ok with me.  As long as everyone factors in everyone else's and their own capacity for self-delusion.


Speaking of which, I post in PL for my PTSD.  But shhh don't tell anyone. 

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Agree with TheSarge.  Blogger appears to be trying a new method of self-help, having found drugs and alcohol don't really help.  Am taking his blog with a grain of sand, with the background he describers for himself, I would be very surprised that any agency would hire him as a LEO.  Not saying that his story is false, just hard for me to take at face value.  Others who have read all 3 blogs so far have any thoughts on this?

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 I read it. I understand some of the reticence to believe what's written. I'm gonna reserve my own judgement until I see more. 


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My Civlian Viewpoint - I agree with Cedardale.  But I'll bite...


IF the guy really is a cop and firefighter, he's in the wrong line of work.  His job is exacerbating his PTSD.  Throwing gasoline onto the fire.


He comes from a family with a genetic predisposition toward drug and alchol abuse.  He's true to form.  He's described a home life of head-shredding physical and psychological abuse.  Yet he jumps into one such scene after another in his job. It's eating his mind. To cope with the onslaught, he relies on a powerful cocktail of theraputic drugs just to make it through.  Maybe that's ok for an episode - not a lifestyle. 


He should take himself off the battlefield and get some in-patient treatment ASAP.

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Did somebody say the blog may bring on P.M.S.?

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NO DAVE !!!! PMS brings on blogging. Hopefully he is getting professional help as well as the blog. I personally keep a  journal but my private thoughts and feelings are not for general consumption. I've always wondered about the people with the blogs that sound like Dear Diary. ......


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He posted a new blog this morning.  It seems to explain some things after his last couple posts.  It sounds like he is getting the help he needs.  I don't think it sounds like a dear diary...  I struggle with PTSD myself and it can make you feel isolated.  I think the author is trying to let others know they're not alone.  The last couple posts I think were a way to validate his issues so his audience didn't think he was just some guy crying about his problems.

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Like I said.  I think it's a good idea to vent publicly on the Internet.  As long as you use a nom de plume and a cool avatar.  It's much better than going berserk in the trailer park. Probably the internet has cut down on a lot of domestic violence service calls.  Way less nutballs do stuff like call their ex, hold a hamster up to the phone, and threaten to kill it with a fork. 


Seriously, I'm just sayin' if the guy really is an LEO, and that stuff is true - he's in advanced burn-out.  He needs an expert opinion on whether the burn-out is temporary and can be relieved by a change in duty/position/location, or, if the burn-out is permanent - change in career. He's gotta take the bull by the horns.


Before his heart explodes.  Or he gets diabetes or cancer.  Racks up his car or eats his gun.  Meantime, fine - blog away.


PS The link now leads to a sign-in page.

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I concur with MarlyB in that this may be a temporary situation.Some assistance would probably be advisable.It may be that said individual would need a change of assignmenten re to shift,bureau,etc. Approx. half way through my career I felt unsettled and consulted with officers who were close to me,which I found extremely beneficial.

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PTSD is sometimes the elephant in the room.  Dave, I can see how talking to other officers can help. DeLattre's Character and Cops: Ethics and Policing recommends expert counseling to determine if the burn-out is temporary and can be relieved as you describe or if it is permanent. Everyone burns out in their job at one point or another. Because of their enormous capacity to take an unusually great stress load and perform well under pressure, LEOs need help to assess level of burn-out. 


DeLattre is emphatic.  It is a survival issue. He says seek an assessment, stick to a very regular program of therapy accompanied by a healthy diet, rigorous excercise routine, regular sleep, and abstention from alcohol.  I think attention to these things holds possibility, since LEOs for the most part, are very resilient, physical people. 


 


 

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Things that make you go hummmmmm....


I post on PL  skepticism about the blogger and his being hired as a LEO and lo and behold the next day the blogger posts what is basically a response to my post here.  It makes me wonder if perhaps the blogger is ahpd300.

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I am not the blogger.  But I would imagine he would expect the skepticism in advance if he were a LEO.  Its the way we think.

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Besides, if it were me, there would be no discussion, because as you can see, I'm a confirmed police officer

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ahpd300, the only thing I can see is your yellow star and your Anonobaldy avatar.  Won't you put a gnome de plume in place o' de dome de gloom?


Hey!  I rhymed!


 

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I have PTSD from the military. I have made this no secret of this. I receive excellent care from the VA. These events occurred 46 years ago.


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