PTSD: Catherine Galliford Speaks
I was diagnosed with ‘mild PTSD’ a number of years ago and, unfortunately, as a result of my treatment at the hands of the RCMP Health Services doctor, the PTSD became even worse. I’m extremely surprised at the RCMP’s inability to acknowledge that harassment exists within the RCMP or that some people just break under so many stressors. If the membership had somebody to go to for help and, quite frankly, had been given the opportunity to ask for help without judgement and without your peers and colleagues being taught that they have to look down on you for asking for help, perhaps PTSD wouldn’t be as rampant within the RCMP as it Is. Unfortunately, many Mounties don’t even realize that they have it because it is so hard to diagnose and because we, as Mounties, don’t like to talk about our weaknesses, we don’t want to talk to our health care providers about what we’ve been through. I experienced this when I tried to speak about my treatment at the hands of the RCMP because, after all, it is the RCMP and no one wanted to believe me. So I just isolated and stopped talking and my PTSD continued to become worse. I understand the meaning behind Post Traumatic Growth but it is so terrible and frightenng to be experiencing PTSD and not know how to reach out for help and to not even know who to go to. I don’t understand why the RCMP refuses to acknowledge PTSD and to take further steps to help it’s membership.