Living with Occupational Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A personal account



For decades, it was Dr. John Bradford’s job to delve inside the minds of Canada’s worst serial killers and sex offenders – including offenders such as Paul Bernardo and Robert Pickton. The internationally renowned forensic psychiatrist believed he could emotionally detach from the haunting things he witnessed. But one night, he broke down after watching a terrible video of ex-colonel Russell Williams sexually assaulting two young women. In the months following this incident, the usually calm and patient doctor became angry, depressed, and even suicidal. Eventually, he was diagnosed with acute Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In this special presentation, Dr. Bradford discussed his own experiences and the consequences of the stigma that prevents many people from seeking help for occupational PTSD.

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