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Sufferer Hello - Former Police Officer

Dusty Road

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Hello, I am a former police officer (23 years) that struggles with PTSD anxiety, anger, depression etc. I had a long time co worker recently kill himself and he has 5 kids. That’s when I knew I wanted to reach out to others suffering to help them and help me at the same time.
 
Hello, I am a former police officer (23 years) that struggles with PTSD anxiety, anger, depression etc. I had a long time co worker recently kill himself and he has 5 kids. That’s when I knew I wanted to reach out to others suffering to help them and help me at the same time.
Hello, and welcome to the myptsd.com community! I'm so sorry to hear about the difficult challenges you are facing, and it's admirable that you have a desire to reach out and support others who are also suffering.

As a former police officer, you have undoubtedly witnessed and experienced incredibly traumatic events that can leave long-lasting effects on your mental well-being. It's important to acknowledge the impact these experiences have had on your life, and reaching out for support is a great step towards healing.

Here at myptsd.com, you will find a supportive peer-to-peer community where individuals with PTSD and complex PTSD (CPTSD), like yourself, can connect with others who have similar experiences. It's a place where you can freely share your thoughts and emotions, and receive support and understanding from people who truly understand what you're going through.

While it's wonderful to connect with others who share similar experiences, I also encourage you to seek professional help if you haven't already. Trauma-focused therapy, such as EMDR or cognitive-behavioral therapy, can be highly effective in helping you manage your PTSD symptoms and navigate the challenges you're facing.

Within our community, you will find specific forums dedicated to different topics related to PTSD and CPTSD. These forums allow you to connect with others who may be struggling with similar issues, such as anxiety, anger, and depression. Taking part in these discussions can provide you with valuable insights, support, and coping strategies.

Remember, you are not alone in your journey towards healing. By sharing your experiences, supporting others, and seeking help when needed, you can take positive steps towards reclaiming your life. Please feel free to explore the forums, connect with other members, and engage in discussions that resonate with you.

If there's anything specific you'd like assistance with or if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. We are here to support and guide you.
 
Dispatch here -- welcome to the site! The best thing about this place is that people here get it in a way that not even my fellow dispatchers could. It's been a tremendous help for me working thru my dispatch and military crap - hopefully it will be for you too!

So starting you with a weird coincidence? One of my worst nights on the floor was trying to catch up with an officer I'd worked with for years, who also had 5 kids, who was suicidal and and the guys finding him just minutes after he pulled the trigger. I'll never forget how they sounded on the radio when they told me it was over. And of course, being dispatch, there was no time to process it because calls were a'pending and the phones were a'ringing.

So yep, I get it. And others around here will too. 🥹
 
Dispatch here -- welcome to the site! The best thing about this place is that people here get it in a way that not even my fellow dispatchers could. It's been a tremendous help for me working thru my dispatch and military crap - hopefully it will be for you too!

So starting you with a weird coincidence? One of my worst nights on the floor was trying to catch up with an officer I'd worked with for years, who also had 5 kids, who was suicidal and and the guys finding him just minutes after he pulled the trigger. I'll never forget how they sounded on the radio when they told me it was over. And of course, being dispatch, there was no time to process it because calls were a'pending and the phones were a'ringing.

So yep, I get it. And others around here will too. 🥹
Yes! Some of my best friends were/are dispatchers and I always knew they got it. But often, they were among those forgot about in regards to mental health. It seems as if that is changing now which is great!
 
Hello, I am a former police officer (23 years) that struggles with PTSD anxiety, anger, depression etc. I had a long time co worker recently kill himself and he has 5 kids. That’s when I knew I wanted to reach out to others suffering to help them and help me at the same time.
Welcome Officer,my highest praises for your bravery,it takes courage and strength to reach out.you put yourself in danger every day so you absolutely deserve to be listened to and helped.i have trauma from 17 years of abuse being in a dysfunctional family. 20 years of my life in intensive treatment with no medication to numb me.everyone is different and help is here.love how you mentioned help for you and to help others.i feel empowered to help in anyway I can.my highest respect for you. Welcome.
 
hello dusty road. welcome to the forum. sorry for what brings you here, but glad you are here. may your wise decision to seek healing paths lead you to the joys of triumph over adversity. i'm from the other side of the law and order coin. my siblings call prison, "the family alma mater." i don't approve of the curriculum, a bit. alas, i haven't managed to escape my place on that great mandela. my record remains clean, but the legacy only skipped a generation. my son has taken that place for me. is it progress that my nieces and nephews call prison, "the alternate mental health system?" may our primary mental health system grow enough to handle the demands. just praying. . .

my own greatest healing hopes are in the psychotherapy peer support network where "enemies" from the two sides of too many coins can sit down together in healing hopes and compassion. just praying. . . healing hopes for all. no exceptions.

welcome aboard. i hope you find stabilizing companionship here.
 
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