A police officer with PTSD fell into a hole and couldn’t get out….
When a senior police officer walked by, the police officer called out for help, but the senior police officer yelled back, “Suck it up son, dig deep and drive on,” then threw him a shovel. The police officer did as he was told and dug that hole deeper.
A police sergeant went by and the police officer called out for help again. The sergeant told him, “Use the tools your supervisor has given you”, then threw him a bucket. The police officer used the tools and he dug the hole deeper still and filled the bucket.
A psychiatrist walked by. The police officer called, “Help! I can’t get out!” so the psychiatrist gave him some drugs and said, “Take this. It will relieve the pain and you will forget about the hole.” The police officer said, “Thanks”, and followed his advice, but when the pills ran out, he was still in the hole.
A well known psychologist rode by and heard the police officer’s cries for help. He stopped and asked, “How did you get there? Were you born there? Did your parents put you there? Tell me about yourself, it will alleviate your sense of loneliness.” So the police officer talked with him for an hour, then the psychologist had to leave, but he said he’d be back next week. The police officer thanked him, but he was still in the hole.
Another police officer, just like him, happened to be passing by. The police officer with PTSD cried out, “Hey, help me. I’m stuck in this hole!” and right away the other police officer jumped down into the hole with him. The police officer with PTSD started to panic and said, “What are you doing? Now we’re both stuck down here!” But the other police officer just smiled and replied, “It’s okay, calm down brother. I’ve been here before – I know how to get out.”
**Having an oppo that listens and understands (or tries to!) can be all you need to start the road to recovery. You’re never alone, even though it might seem that way at times. Pick up the phone!**
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