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Fireworks and PTSD

It’s Independence Day, and it’s time for BBQ’s, outdoor fun and fireworks!!! Well…fireworks really? Maybe think twice… It’s been a very dry summer for most of us and much of the west is burning up. This week’s Cleanwaste Outdoor blog focused on wild fires since several of the fires around here were caused by a stray firework. If you want to read more on that topic please check our OR blog at http://www.cleanwaste.com/blog/outdoor-blog. For this week’s Healthcare blog however, I would like to shed some light on a totally different topic. PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. “Post-traumatic stress disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. It can occur after you've seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death.” (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001923/)

You may not realize it but even though fireworks are a fun time for most of us, they can spark a very bad time for those who suffer from PTSD. The loud and sudden noises can trigger a flashback reaction for many causing them weeks of trauma. Even those who may not suffer from PTSD can have negative reactions to the fireworks ” A couple of weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, police in Albany, N.Y., were inundated with calls -- many from the elderly -- because they thought a village outside the state capital was under attack.”
Read more: http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2010/07/01/Caregiving-Fireworks-and-PTSD/UPI-28161277972280/

I’m not advocating the ban of fireworks but I think it is important that we are conscious of the fact that both people and animals can react differently to loud noises and fireworks. If you are going to light of fireworks this 4th of July or any other time for that matter, just be conscientious of others. If you would like more information on PTSD check out this link and the others listed above. http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/anniversary-reactions.asp

Be safe, have fun and remember what our country stands for and celebrate it!!

Cheers! Marci
Formerly Phillips Environmental. Same products. Same company. New name.