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Research: 90 Percent of Firefighters Show Signs of PTSD

02/23/2012
A new study by Israeli researchers indicates that 90 percent of firefighters exhibit some symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As reported by medicalxpress.com (http://bit.ly/z82Dws), the study, by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev's Dr. Marc Lougassi, a firefighter himself, says that 24 percent of active firefighters in Israel suffer from full PTSD, 67 percent display partial PTSD while only nine percent showed no symptoms. According to Dr. Mark Lerner, clinical psychologist and president of the Institute for Traumatic Stress, "Traumatic stress refers to our emotional, cognitive, behavioral, physiological, and spiritual reactions when we are exposed to, or witness, ev...

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