Post-Traumatic Stress and Medical Professionals

Combat Veterans and Medical Professionals (MP) are very similar when it comes to dealing with PTSD. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that develops through an event creating a psychological trauma resulting from an actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violation. This direct exposure to the event or trauma may be experienced anywhere in the world like combat in wars, natural disasters, car accidents, sexual abuse, domestic violence, first responder scenarios, and in the hospitals, primarily since COVID has been occurring and the witnessing of so many deaths and traumas. MPs are exposed to "traumas" multiple times per day, and these events are not accounted for in many instances or institutions. Many MPs hold more than one job to compound the stress, which multiplies the exposure and stress level. Research shows that one in four nurses experience PTSD at some point in their careers. The National Institute of Mental Health has found that 3.5 percent, or 7.7 million, adults have PTSD.

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