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How One Paramedic is Recovering from PTSD

Friday, January 15, 2016  
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By Benjamin Vernon, BA, EMT-P

Posted on Journal of Emergency Medical Services (www.jems.com)

I’m writing this article in the dark. I can’t sleep— again. I’m losing count of the sleepless nights. Writing helps pass the time. I’m a firefighter/paramedic. I love my job, always have. I’ve been a professional firefighter/paramedic for nine years. I’ve been in EMS for over a dozen. And I’m one of thousands in my field who now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

 

It’s hard to even write the acronym. I’ve always placed PTSD with our military veterans, and I’m reluctant to use the term because I feel like when I use it for myself, I’m taking away from the men and women in the armed services who’ve truly struggled to heal from life-altering physical and emotional wounds.

 

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