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Trauma is a heavy burden to bear. Have you noticed how it seems to impact every aspect of your life?
The life of a first responder is not easy, is it? Whenever there’s an emergency, you’re the first to show up. You’re qualified to help. But that’s a lot to deal with—and it can leave a lasting impact.
More and more first responders are demonstrating signs of PTSD, some of which are harder to recognize and less obvious than the common symptoms.
Have you ever heard of the mind referred to as a small family? Or maybe you’ve heard of the mind as a concept that can easily be divided into different parts? Are you curious as to what these parts might be? What about the origins of this theory?
Have you ever heard of Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)? It was developed by family therapist Richard Schwartz in the 1980s. At first, it was a type of therapy for people who suffered from eating disorders, but it is now considered helpful for a variety of people with different disorders, or even people with no diagnoses at all.