Stress injury is the term used by the military in Combat and Operational Stress First Aid and adopted by many first responder agencies to describe occupational injuries that occur in the presence of overwhelming stress and exposure to psychological stress in the line of duty (professional or volunteer).
While Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often used synonymously with stress injuries, occupational stress injuries occur on a continuum, with both early and late changing effects of stress exposure. PTSD often represents later changing reactions.
Anyone can be injured. Like other injury types, stress injuries are best supported when recognized early and mitigated.
Guides can often experience stress injuries due to repeated stressors in our jobs and lifestyle.
Learn more at The Responder Alliance
Commons stressors for guides:
Once you add an accident or death of a colleague, client, or friend, guides are at high risk for severe stress injuries.
In some cases, people resort to unhealthy coping strategies to deal with stress and stress injuries. Such as:
Some healthy coping strategies for preventing stress injuries include:
Learn more about Stress Injuries in this interview with Laura McGladrey from the Responder Alliance
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