31 percent of correctional officers have PTSD

http://www.salon.com/2012/12/04/31_percent_of_correctional_officers_have_ptsd/

While post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is commonly associated with soldiers returning from combat, a recent study illustrates that domestic sites of trauma regularly produce PTSD in emergency service first responders and, above all, prison guards. 31 percent of U.S. correctional security officers suffer from PTSD, according to a report from Desert Waters Correctional Outreach — a nonprofit dedicated to corrections professionals' well-being.The most recent National Comorbidity Study asserted that the prevalence of PTSD in the general population in 3.5 percent — nearly 10 times less prevalent than in prison security guards. 14.3 percent of New York Firefighters were found to suffer from PTSD — a prevalence rate nearly half that of correctional officers. A National Institute of Health study from 2009 put the prevalence rate of PTSD in Iraq war veterans (20 percent) below that of prison security officers.Continue Reading…

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