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The Next Crisis During the “New Normal”: Mental Health

By IGI Global on Jul 16, 2020

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With predictions of up to 1.6 billion workers being affected economically, countless individuals losing loved ones, as well as increasing social isolation and uncertainty, a staggering number of people are experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, child abuse, and domestic violence in the “new normal." According to a recent The Atlantic article, United States federal emergency phone lines alone are up 1,000% from last year, as experts are predicting a continued wave of suicides within the post-pandemic future.

As many can predict, medical professionals and emergency workers are on the front lines trying to treat and prevent the mental health effects that are occurring. However, with medical professionals and emergency workers having up to a 2.2 times higher risk of suicide, what happens when they are faced with overcrowded hospitals, a heightened risk of contracting COVID-19, increased emergency calls, and continual trauma? 

Profs. Madeline Marks, Annelise Cunningham, et. al. from the University of Central Florida, USA, analyze this phenomenon in their article, “Trauma Management Therapy for First Responders”, in the publication Mental Health Intervention and Treatment of First Responders and Emergency Workers (IGI Global). View the article below:

Mental Health Intervention and Treatment of First Responders and Emergency Workers
Profs. Clint A. Bowers, Deborah C. Beidel,and Madeline R. Marks (University of Central Florida, USA)
Copyright 2020 | Pages: 372 | ISBN: 9781522598039| EISBN:9781522598046

This publication is an essential reference source that focuses on the latest research for diagnosing and treating mental health issues experienced by emergency personnel and seeks to generate awareness and inform clinicians about the unique circumstances encountered by these professionals. While highlighting topics including anxiety disorders and stress management...Learn More.

First responders risk their lives to protect the community and this profession is considered to be one of the most dangerous and stressful occupations in the United States (Del Ben, Scotti, Chen, & Fortson, 2006; U.S. Department of Labor, 2007). Society has long recognized the physical demands of first responders; however, what is less formally acknowledged are the negative psychological outcomes. The Oklahoma City Bombing and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center (WTC) were the two earliest large-scale critical incidents that illuminated the numerous negative mental health consequences experienced by first responders (Corrigan et al., 2009; North et al., 2002). More recent studies have identified comparable mental health consequences to those of large-scale critical incidents among first responders with exposure to more routinely encountered potentially traumatic events (PTEs) (see Johnson, 2010; Paulus, Vujanovic, Schuhmann, Smith, & Tran, 2017; Stanley, Boffa, Hom, Kimbrel, & Joiner, 2017).

Most notable among these negative mental health consequences is posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The hallmark of a PTSD diagnosis is that symptoms result from exposure to a traumatic event. Traumatic events are those that include exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). First responders encounter these traumatic events repeatedly with high frequency as a function of their daily job requirements (Hartley, Violanti, Sarkisian, Andrew, & Burchfiel, 2013; Marmar et al., 2006). Documented prevalence rates for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among United States police officers range from 6.2% to 15% (Hartley et al., 2013; Pietrzak et al., 2012), and from 6.3% to 22% (Bernard, Driscoll, Kitt, West, & Tak, 2006; DeLorme, 2014) among United States firefighters. Although varied, most studies observe PTSD rates in excess of the general population (6.8%, Kessler et al., 2005) and observe PTSD rates similar to the prevalence rate observed in OEF/OIF veterans (12%, Hoge, Riviere, Wilk, Herrell, & Weathers, 2014). It is estimated that there are at minimum 250,000 first responders in need of treatment for PTSD (Haugen, Evces, & Weiss, 2012); however, there is little scientific literature to guide clinicians in the selection of an effective treatment for PTSD in these patients.

Given the comparable rates of PTSD among first responders and OEF/OIF veterans, the treatment literature on PTSD and veterans may help guide clinicians’ clinical practice. Both intensive outpatient programs (IOP) and traditional outpatient programs (OP) have been effective in the treatment of PTSD for veterans (Beidel, Frueh, Neer, Bowers, et al., 2019; Beidel, Frueh, Neer, & Lejuez, 2017). Among veterans that participated in one IOP, the relapse (1%) and dropout (2%) rates for the program were lower than other PTSD treatments and RCTs. In addition to the improved relapse and dropout rates, treatment effects were large (d = 2.06). Of the 100 participants that completed treatment, 65.9% no longer met DSM-IV-TR criteria for PTSD, 72% experienced clinically significant symptom improvement, and 94.6% met the VA designated benchmark for symptom improvement. Among veterans that participated in the OP, the relapse (4.5%) and dropout (26%) rates for the exposure portion of the program were compatible with other PTSD treatments and RCTs. Treatment effects were large (d = 2.06). Of the 49 participants that completed treatment across groups, 65.9% no longer met DSM-IV-TR criteria for PTSD, 42% experienced clinically significant symptom improvement, and 94.6% met the VA designated benchmark for symptom improvement.

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Understanding that the latest research around this topic is of the utmost importance, recent findings in emergency worker’s mental health is found in Mental Health Intervention and Treatment of First Responders and Emergency Workers (IGI Global), edited by Profs. Clint A. Bowers, Deborah C. Beidel, and Madeline R. Marks, from the University of Central Florida, USA. This title is an essential reference source that focuses on the latest research for diagnosing and treating mental health issues experienced by emergency personnel and seeks to generate awareness and inform clinicians about the unique circumstances encountered by these professionals.

It is currently available in electronic format (EISBN: 9781522598046) through IGI Global’s Online Bookstore at a 50% discount, and is featured in IGI Global’s InfoSci®-Books database (5,900+ e-books). Recommend this publication and the InfoSci-Books database to your library to have access to this critical research, as well as thousands of other research resources, including the chapters below, in the IGI Global InfoSci-Books database.

“The book offers important insight into the unique circumstances that first responders experience every day, in the wake of extreme violence and natural disasters, and now as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a must read for clinicians, police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical personnel, academics, researchers, and policy makers who recognize the urgent need to understand the latest information regarding treatments that will improve the health and wellness of the first responder community.”– Frank Straub, Ph.D., Director of the National Police Foundation’s Center for Mass Violence Response Studies, USA

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