Dealing with PTSD in the line of duty
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 23:25:06 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) - Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott announced Monday he is leaving his position due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
"Over a month ago I began to realize that things were eating at me," said Scott.
Scott said he had not realized what had been bothering him.
Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson accepted Scott's resignation, which will be effective May 1, and said Scott has referenced PTSD as his diagnoses.
Disabled veteran Steven Diaz with Hidden Wounds suffers from PTSD after being injured in Iraq eight years ago.
"It's a disability that doesn't go away," said Diaz.
Diaz works with military members and first responders who struggle with the disorder.
"PTSD symptoms can range from nightmares, anxiety, panic attacks, general fears of being around crowds, insecurity, not being able to sleep, not being able to perform jobs, hard to keep relationships," said Diaz.
On Monday, Scott mentioned the death of a colleague in 2005 as something that gave him considerable trouble.
"There was a young man names Keith Cannon that I hired," said Scott.
Cannon died on May 4, 2005 in a car crash while tracking a suspect, and until recently, Scott says he didn't realize it had been haunting him.
"You do learn ways and methods of living with it, so it does get easier," said Diaz.
Diaz says it is important to be open about the situation when coping and recovering from PTSD. He advises those who think they have have symptoms of PTSD to seek counseling and stay as stress free as possible.