We Need Your Help!
If you are one of the many veterans, law enforcement or first responders who have developed difficulty with depression, anxiety, or PTSD we would like to talk with you.
Prolonged exposure to events that may cause or threaten death or serious injury to you, a family member or close friend can change the way our brain works. For some professions such as military, police, firemen, or emergency personnel these events often occur on a regular basis. Exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual assault can result in a number of problems. For example, emergency medical personnel often collect human remains; police officers are regularly exposed to details of child abuse; combat veterans have seen close friends killed or wounded. Prolonged exposure to these types of events changes our brain and it has nothing to do with being strong or weak – it has everything to do with how our bodies and brains work.
Sometimes these changes in our brain are reflected in physical problems such as stomach issues or sleep problems or in mood issues such as anxiety, depression, irritability, fear or anger. Historically, we have treated these problems with medication and/or counseling. Sometime this is helpful and sometimes - not so much.
This study is not only for veterans and first responders but is open to many who also struggle with depression, anxiety, or PTSD.