PTSD - Steve's Story


Steve, Holly, and Dan begin their sixth podcast discussing the difference between PTSD and PTSI. Steve touches on his journey with PTSI. The initial triggering call is reviewed, and Steve details the emotional and physiological symptoms he dealt with. Steve talks about his experience with counseling. 

The trio overview common emotional and physiological symptoms of PTSI, as well as behaviors that can manifest from it. They describe the difference between debriefing and diffusing. The importance of emergency medical responders taking care of themselves is highlighted. 

Learning Points

  • PTSD-post traumatic stress disorder
  • PTSI-post traumatic stress injury
  • Check on your coworkers after particularly difficult calls
  • Finding the right counselor is  key, and it may take several attempts to find the right one
  • EMDR-eye movement desensitization and reprocessing 
  • If you see warning signs in coworkers, speak up and advocate for them
  • Debriefing-critical incident stress debrief is typically a formal breakdown of a call and how it effected responders
  • Self-care is important when working in emergency medical services
  • Limiting alcohol consumption can improve sleep and overall health
  • Physical activity is an important aspect of self-care

Content Creator: Steve Williams
CAPCE Course Number: 20-EMTP-F3-9701
NJ Course Number: 141145
Total CE Hours: 1
Level: Basic