Firefighters have one of the most heroic and rewarding jobs in the world. Yet so overlooked is the career-related stress and emotional burden this job has on an increasingly large number of firefighters. Firefighters see death, loss, and hardship more than most job professions. They are usually first-response at fires, automobile accidents, suicides, just to list a few. Because of this, they statistically have higher divorce rates and are at greater risk to be addicted to drugs, alcohol, and gambling. They are also at a greater risk to suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) while suicide deaths are on the rise as well. Why is this?

This is simply not okay. At Leyden, we want firefighters to feel safe and protected coming to us to communicate what they are dealing with.

Our goal is to help firefighters learn to cope with the emotional strains of firefighting and to gain control of their lives again.

We utilize a variety of treatment methods after getting to the root of the issue and allow them to feel safe to communicate freely all that they are bottling up. From there, we help them learn new coping mechanisms to deal with the stresses of their job while finding joy in life again.

Signs You May Be Suffering from PTSD:

  • Recall traumatic emergency events daily/weekly/monthly that occurred years ago
  • Recall traumatic events when you see someone in public that resembles a past victim
  • Becoming angry/agitated/frustrated when dispatched for emergency calls
  • Blaming yourself/feeling guilty/grieving for a past victim
  • Having dreams/nightmares about past events or victims
  • Your family is noticing changes in you and/or your personality
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Anxious
  • Depressed
  • And more

If you are experiencing relationship problems, feeling depressed, anxious, or suffering from PTSD, take that first step and call us – We can help. It shows strength to admit that you need help and to ask for help especially when you’re used to protecting and taking care of everyone else. Our trained therapists understand the life of a firefighter and have years of experience helping them.

Call us today at (630) 368-9100 so we can better understand your problem and help you set up an appointment. If you’d like us to call you,fill out our online contact form and one of our trained counselors will contact you. You’re in good hands with us at Leyden.