Divorces sometimes negatively affect those in certain fields more than others. One group of people with high divorce rates includes firefighters. There are reasons for this, which the House committee is starting to address in Louisiana.
According to the news from mid-May, mental illness adversely affects many firefighters, which can put a strain on their relationships at work and at home. A bill advanced by a House committee will help by adding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the injuries that are eligible for public employee benefits so that firefighters can get their treatments covered.
The Senate previously approved this bill, and it will move to the House floor now. It’s been shown that the effects of PTSD have led to high divorce rates, abuse and other negative issues in firefighters’ lives. Some even turn to suicide.
Statistics show that around 3.5% of adults in America are affected by PTSD, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Living with a condition like that can be severe and debilitating. These people can benefit from early treatment, which reduces the likelihood of PTSD becoming a disabling illness.
If you are struggling with PTSD, and it is affecting your life, it’s important for you to reach out for help. While it’s not yet covered by the public employee benefits, PTSD may be covered soon and has long been recognized as a disabling condition. Treatment can help you protect yourself, your marriage and reduce the likelihood of suicide or negative thoughts in your life as a result of traumatic experiences that you’ve been through in the past.