People sometimes forget about our First Responders being human beings first. They are subject to the same feelings and emotions as the rest of us. Generally, you mention PTSD and first impressions point to our military.
However, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, basically is a condition created by exposure to a psychologically distressing event outside the range of usual human experience, one which would be markedly distressing to almost anyone, and which causes intense fear, terror, and helplessness.
First responders unfortunately, by nature of the job, have more opportunities daily to witness events and situations that will cause PTSD. Throughout your life you remember where you where when certain were when certain events occurred. Like the Kennedy Assassination etc. Everyone will remember the morning of 9/11. The single most horrific and catastrophic event that almost crippled the FDNY and NYPD when they lost 343 Firefighters and paramedics and 68 police officers including those from the NY Transit Authority. The mental images these heroes have, like people jumping from high floor windows, the buildings collapsing and other occurrences pushed their endurance to the limit
Remember, PTSD is not a "germ" that you can take an antibiotic for and it will go away. At "Veterans Connections to a New Life", we can't wave a magic wand, but we can help bring you and your caregivers out of the dark abyss of the disorder and into the light of hope and knowledge.
"Having PTSD doesn't mean you are broken, it merely means you were put to the test and didn't fall apart"
Support from other people is vital to your recovery from PTSD. Social interaction with someone who cares about you is the most effective way to calm your nervous system, so it’s important to find someone you can connect with face to face, someone you can talk to for an uninterrupted period of time, someone who will listen to you without judging, criticizing, or continually being distracted. That person may be your significant other, a family member, a friend, Certified Professional Life Coach or professional therapist.