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First Responders

What Is PTSD? 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after you have been through a traumatic event. A traumatic event is something horrible and scary that you see or that happens to you. During this type of event, you think that your life or others’ lives are in danger. You may feel afraid or feel that you have no control over what is happening. 

PTSD symptoms are grouped into four clusters. You may not exhibit all the symptoms, but you do need to have some symptoms in all categories to be diagnosed with PTSD.

Dr. Laidlaw offers personality, intellectual, developmental and vocational assessments.

Because our therapists have experience working with first responders, we understand how your needs differ from the general population. 

WSIB recognizes PTSD as a workplace injury. For more information regarding the WSIB policy, visit their website.  

The term “perceived injustice” was coined by a researcher who demonstrated that when a person feels they have been treated poorly, it can prolong the symptoms of PTSD, and make it harder it to return to work.

Resilience is the ability to cope with ongoing disruptive change and maintain good health and energy even when under constant pressure. It involves the capacity to bounce back easily from setbacks...

First responders are trained professionals who are the first to arrive at the scene of an emergency or crisis. They include...

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