Psychological Treatment of Veterans Opens Doors for First Responders
Donald “Don” Crowe, PhD, is a psychologist based in Orinda, California, with over 25 years in providing services to police and firefighters, specializing in the treatment of alcohol and drug abuse as well as depression. Since Sept. 11, 2001 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, attitudes about the treatment of psychological trauma have changed, with more first responders seeking mental health counseling.
Following the Vietnam War, psychological trauma became a widely known problem because of its propensity to lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. The promotion of psychological treatment for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has increased, also causing both civilians and first responders to seek treatment more openly. Now, first responders, who may have been hesitant to pursue psychological treatment and instead turned to alcohol or drug use, are more willing to talk about their trauma.
In his private practice, Don Crowe, PhD, has treated patients who, once the immediate and short-term effects of trauma have faded, are left with severe anxiety, flashbacks, and difficulty socializing. With a support system built from family, friends, and community, psychological treatment is often the last critical step for first responder on the road to full recovery.