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First Responder Anxiety Treatment at After Action
Understanding Anxiety in First Responders
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For first responders, the experience of stress and worry goes beyond the ordinary pressures of daily life. Tasked with confronting crises head-on, first responders can find themselves grappling with anxiety disorders that bring about consistent and disproportionate fear in the face of daunting situations. Recognizing the unique psychological landscape first responders navigate, After Action offers specialized treatment programs that acknowledge the distinct forms of anxiety disorders within this courageous community.

Anxiety disorders among first responders are mental health conditions characterized by stress or fear in response to situations that, often directly linked to their line of work, would not typically induce such intense reactions in others. These disorders can manifest in various forms, impacting individuals differently and sometimes concurrently. Despite understanding that their reactions may exceed the situation’s actual threat, first responders with anxiety disorders find themselves unable to modulate their emotional response.

Though not inherently dangerous, anxiety disorders can significantly disrupt a first responder’s professional and personal life. The compulsion to avoid triggers—scenes, scenarios, or environments reminiscent of past traumas—can hinder work performance and social engagement, leading to isolation or missed opportunities for intervention and support.

Anxiety disorders typically emerge in adolescence and can intensify over time, with symptoms such as persistent nervousness, fatigue, digestive issues, muscle tension, headaches, and a heightened state of alert. Factors contributing to these disorders include biological, psychological, and environmental elements, with trauma, major life shifts, personality traits, family history, underlying medical conditions, and substance use playing pivotal roles.

At After Action, we understand that the path to managing and overcoming anxiety requires more than a one-size-fits-all approach. Our treatment programs, specifically designed for first responders, address both the mental health and addiction aspects that often intertwine in cases of anxiety disorders. Through a combination of medication management and talk therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), we aim to develop coping strategies and promote healthier behavior patterns. Our gender-specific treatment options further ensure a safe, supportive space for all first responders to explore and address their mental health challenges with empathy and understanding.

We are dedicated to supporting first responders through their mental health challenges with tailored treatment plans that meet their unique needs. Understanding the critical nature of timely intervention, we encourage first responders grappling with anxiety disorders to seek the help they deserve. At After Action, you’re not alone in your journey towards recovery and resilience.

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Siri Sat Khalsa, MD, Medical Director
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Siri Sat Khalsa, MD
Dr. Siri Sat Khalsa is a board certified Addictionologist with over a decade of experience as a specialist in detoxing and treating patients with alcohol and substance use disorders. As a graduate of USC medical school and Harbor UCLA residency, she spent 10 years a Family Practitioner before discovering her passion for caring for patients struggling with addictions. Her approach is to safely detox patients as comfortably as possible and to then focus on caring for the anxiety and depression and other mental health issues that typically accompany substance use disorders while simultaneously crafting plans to sustain long term sobriety.

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