For first responders, stressful job can exact heavy toll

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For first responders, stressful job can exact heavy toll

For first responders, stressful job can exact heavy toll

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For more information about Interface: Critical Incident Stress Management Team, visit http://interfacecism.com.
Linda Lute, clinical leader for the Interface team, said there are three types of stress for first responders that may result from a single or multiple incidents:
A brief stress reaction occurs during and soon after a critical incident. Symptoms might include feelings of panic, freezing, disorientation and agitation.
Chronic stress is when a responder is in an ongoing state of adrenaline arousal and can’t return to normal stability. Additional symptoms may include forgetfulness, difficulty in making decisions, slowed thinking, mood swings between depression and anxiety, insomnia or too much sleeping and increased use of alcohol and other substances.
Cumulative stress is the result of major and microtrauma over time. Symptoms may include emotional detachment, cynicism, suspiciousness, substance use disorder and social isolation from family, friends and co-workers.

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