Navigation Links
Police at No Greater PTSD Risk Than General Public: Study
Date:12/2/2011

FRIDAY, Dec. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Police officers who have to draw or fire their gun or use other weapons often report feeling powerless, guilty, angry and fearful afterward, Canadian researchers report.

But despite being at greater risk for experiencing such traumatic events, police officers are no more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than the general population, according to a new Canadian study published by the Occupational Health & Safety Research Institute Robert-Sauve.

In the study, researchers evaluated 83 police officers in Montreal and elsewhere who had experienced a traumatic event, such as having to draw or fire their guns or use another type of weapon.

About 80 percent reported feeling powerless, while 59 percent experienced intense fear. More than half were angry, 17 percent were guilty and 2 percent said they felt shame over the event.

The study revealed that police officers have found different ways to cope with work-related traumatic events, such as getting support from their peers and taking part in leisure activities.

"The police offers involved in this study even advise their colleagues who experience this kind of event to consult a psychologist and are themselves open to the idea of receiving psychological support if need be," said the study's co-author, Melissa Martin, a psychologist at the Trauma Study Center at Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital, in a news release.

Researchers also said that symptoms of PTSD among police officers, such as depression and dissociative reactions, can be prevented by incorporating coping strategies into officer training programs.

"Providing police officers with interventional support shortly after and in the weeks following a TE [traumatic events] improves the chances of preventing PTSD," said study lead author Andre Marchand, a researcher at the Fernand-Seguin Research Center of Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital and an associate professor at Montreal University, in a university news release.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information on post-traumatic stress disorder.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: University of Montreal, news release, Nov. 22, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Raleigh Surgeon Offers Deep Savings on LASIK and PRK as a Thank You to Military, Police and Fire Personnel
2. Lung Health of Police Responders From 9/11 Called Encouraging
3. Only a third of US state police agencies equip cars with AEDs
4. Post-traumatic stress risk to police officers lower than previously thought
5. Stress response predictor in police officers may indicate those at high risk for PTSD
6. Akron Institute of Herzing University Launches Its First Bachelors Degree Programs to Prepare Students for Even Greater Success in Business, Health Care and IT
7. Chronic Migraines Take a Greater Toll
8. Overweight middle-aged adults at greater risk for cognitive decline in later life
9. Lumension Enhances Compliance and IT Risk Management Solution for Greater IT GRC Efficiency
10. Marathoners Face Greater Risk of Artery Stiffness
11. Marathoners Face Greater Risk of Artery Problems
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 23, 2017 , ... This week ... claims firms in Texas. Founded by Bill Voss, the firm grew quickly and has ... and a half of helping clients get the money they deserve from their insurance ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... August 23, 2017 , ... Earlier this ... authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange ... held its 2017 Summer Forum which featured keynote addresses by Donald W. ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... August 23, 2017 , ... The Stevie® Awards have announced the winners of the Best ... world’s premier business awards competition. , Nominees in the 2017 IBAs were not able to ... system based on the total number of awards won in the IBAs with a Gold ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... August 23, 2017 , ... Cirrus Medical Staffing, ... new website, http://www.cirrusmedicalstaffing.com . The new site pairs a robust job search ... professionals who are traveling on short-term assignments to healthcare facilities around the country. ...
(Date:8/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... MobilityWorks ®, the nation's largest retailer ... Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of America’s fastest-growing private companies. MobilityWorks (aka WMK) ... the twelfth year that the company has been included on the list. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/15/2017)... Inc. announced today that its fully owned USA ... York City Office in Yonkers, New York ... (TWO 2 ) homecare therapy. This new East Coast location has ... under the company,s DMEPOS accreditation for Home/Durable Medical Equipment Services. ... Advanced Oxygen Therapy Inc. New ...
(Date:8/11/2017)... 11, 2017 DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: DRIO), a ... big data solutions, today announced that it will release ... and host a conference call at 9:00am ET. The ... financial results and its strategy and outlook for the ... Erez Raphael , Chief Executive Officer, and ...
(Date:8/8/2017)... Aug. 8, 2017  BioLineRx Ltd. (NASDAQ/TASE: BLRX), a ... reports its financial results for the second quarter ended ... the second quarter 2017 and to date: ... development programs for the Company,s lead project, BL-8040: ... study with BL-8040 as novel stem cell mobilization treatment ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: