Help for undercover officers

More psychological help needed for undercover officers

In an interview on the psychological needs of undercover officers, Dr. Mazzula notes talking with a friend isn’t always a good replacement for professional mental-health guidance –  fellow police officers may be too immersed in the same world to notice red flags in a colleague. Failing to adequately process vicarious trauma, such as hearing about the lewd fantasies of grown men, can lead to hyper vigilance, which is its own source of added stress. Hypervigilance might manifest in becoming overly protective of one’s own offspring, or suspecting danger in every situation. Trust issues, recurring mental imagery, sleeping problems and symptoms associated with PTSD might also occur.


Read full story, originally appearing in USAToday by Maya Lau, The (Shreveport, La.) Times, at

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