PTSD treatment for Victorian first responders

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The Geelong Clinic has formed a new partnership with WorkSafe offering their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment programme to first responders.

The 12-week programme is helping a local policewoman, who wishes to remain anonymous, suffering from PTSD to understand more about her symptoms.

“When you begin to understand how your brain works, it takes some of the fear out of the PTSD symptoms,” she said.

After years on the frontline as a first responder the policewoman found herself suffering from sleeplessness, anxiety, and a desire to withdraw from friends. She was diagnosed with PTSD

“I felt weak, you feel guilty because you weren’t strong enough. You feel you have let the community down, as well as your colleagues and your family.

“My treatment at The Geelong Clinic has been fundamental in starting to rediscover a lot of what I have lost.

“I’m not ‘fixed’ but I’m on the path towards recovery. I don’t feel weak anymore, and I know now that I’m not alone,” she said.

The PTSD programme involves individual and group therapy, where the patients explore PTSD education, trauma recovery, anxiety and anger management, along with addictive behaviours and sleep education.

“The strength of the bond formed with this PTSD group at The Geelong Clinic is enormous. We have bared our souls to each other, shared our stories and our fears,” she said.

The Geelong Clinic is the only Victorian regional accredited hospital to partner with WorkSafe to provide PTSD treatment.

The PTSD 12 week programme is also available for veterans and defence personnel.

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