BAA Publishes PTSD Backgrounder for Athletes and First Responder Victims

The Boston Athletic Association (BAA), the club sponsor of the 113th Boston Marathon where terrorists set off two improvised explosive devices, BAA on PTSDhas published information on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for marathon runners and event volunteers that might be showing symptoms of PTSD.

The signs, symptoms and effects published by the BAA are a good reference for ski patrollers that may be suffering from the cumulative effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder related to their work. The signs and symptoms include trouble sleeping or having bad dreams; recurring images and flashbacks; strong emotions, including guilt, anger, anxiety, fear or sadness; flatness of affect, or disinterest in life or routine; irritability; easily startled, feeling cautious; avoiding reminders related to the event; headaches, diarrhea, nausea, or other developing physical ailments; difficulty remembering the event; and substance abuse increases.

Guides on PTSD Effects and Tips:

Dealing with the Effects of Trauma: A Self-Help Guide, Recovering Your Mental Health

Effects of Traumatic Stress after Mass Violence, Terror, or Disaster: Normal reactions to an abnormal situation

Tips for Survivors of a Traumatic Event: Managing Your Stress

Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers

Tips for Managing and Preventing Stress: A Guide for Emergency Response and Public Safety Workers