Being in the profession where strength and intelligence demands investing physical and emotional energy. Take a few moments to relax your mind and body.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
The harmful, fatal and stress causing events experienced by police officers on a daily basis cause long-term behavioural changes. PTSD is the mind’s natural response to trauma; having PTSD does not make one weak or unqualified for their job.
The long working hours, harmful tasks, lack of apathy are the major causes of burnout in police officers. Frustration, detachment from job, loss of interest are the signifiers of that burnout.
Lack of proper sleep, work pressure, decreasing emotional attachments, no opportunity to vent out and suppression of emotions have been causing major depression in a significant number of police officers.
The physically and mentally challenging aspect of the job makes it highly stressful. The pressure from seniors above and the public around are an addition to that stress. Allowing the stress to build up eventually affects the work performance.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive patterns of work are credited to better work performance in police officers. Although, the detention of obsessive compulsive disorder hampers them from living a relaxed and normal private life.
Interpersonal relationship issues
The confidentiality and high risk nature of the job prevents police officers from maintaining open, filterless relationships. Overall, there is also a negative impact on their familial bonds and friendships.
If left untreated, PTSD can cause social withdrawal, emotional numbness, health issues, pessimistic attitude and other psychological concerns.
Ignored symptoms of burnout increase into anxiety, depression, physical fatigue, mental fog and emotional dysregulation. .
Long term depression results in risky behaviour, reduction in functionality, addictions, suicidal ideation, anhedonia, loss of appetite and physical illnesses.
Persisting stress naturally has adverse effects such as high blood pressure, heart diseases on the health but also causes sleep disorders, muscle tension, substance dependency and emotional dysregulation.
Uncontrolled OCD leads to lack of concentration, reduced self-control, panic attacks, depression, dysfunctional lifestyle and deterioration of physical health.
Unresolved relationship issues increase into conflicts, toxicity, distancing and eventually broken attachments.
What you will get from therapy
Therapy will provide you the non-judgemental space for venting out your emotions
The trauma, stress, burnout has to be dealt with regularly to avoid overwhelming pile ups; which is possible through healthy coping techniques.
Working through the other mental health issues will eventually affect your sleep pattern and quality for the better.
Impacts of police stress range from mild to severe. Common effects of stress include headache, irritability or anger, fatigue, and social withdrawal, among others. Over time, stress can lead to more severe physical health consequences, such as heart disease and high blood pressure.
Police officers report higher rates of depression, anxiety, burnout and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused primarily by the nature of their job.
Law enforcement officers can experience a full range of mental health concerns, including anxiety. In addition to experiencing similar risk factors, stressors, and life situations as other adults, officers are usually exposed to more stressful situations than the average person.