I have pretty much seen it all…or so I thought. I have served many years in the Army (Military Police) even a tour in Iraq. In 2008, I earned my EMT-B and continued onto Paramedic. Last year I completed Fire I and II.
I was diagnosed with my TBI after a rollover accident during military training. Since Iraq, I have carried the burden of living with PTSD. Is anyone surprised that a month or so ago I was diagnosed with moderate depression? What triggered this? A personal attack from a Fire Chief that left me feeling ‘wounded’ yet again.
When we hear the words not all wounds are visible…this couldn’t be more true. Our words can empower those around us just as easily as they can shred them. Which words will you choose with your next psych patient or despondent co-worker? I used to think that depression was something to be gotten over (mind over matter). Now I know it is something I have to live with. Help those in need of a hand up!
– Anonymous Michigan FF/Paramedic, 6 years in EMS.