The video is a testimony from Brian V Berry, a police officer from Denver who has been in service for 36 years. Berry discusses his journey with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that started when his brother was murdered when he was 14 years old. He went on to join the military at 17 and worked as a regular duty officer, where he handled his first homicide suicide at 19. After being discharged, he applied for and was accepted into the Denver Police Department.

During his career, he was involved in a shooting that resulted in the loss of a man’s life and handled numerous cases involving homicide, suicide, domestic violence, sexual assault, and aggravated assault. As time went on, he became increasingly introverted and isolated himself from his family and friends. He also struggled with opioid addiction after a serious accident in 1999, and he started using them to “put out the fires” in his mind.

In September 2017, Berry sought help from a private practice therapist, and after the first session, he was diagnosed with acute PTSD. However, in July 2018, his brother-in-law, who was also a police officer, committed suicide, and Berry found him. This event caused him to spiral into suicidal ideations, panic attacks, and isolation.

Berry reached out to his doctor for help after experiencing a five-day panic attack and was put on a 72-hour mental health hold. He was diagnosed with acute PTSD once again and took five weeks off of work to attend classes on how to deal with PTSD and stress. Despite his fear that he would be seen as unfit for duty, he was welcomed back with open arms by his fellow coworkers and administration, who provided him with support and encouragement.

Berry attended a PTSD retreat that was organized with the department’s blessing, and it proved to be the best thing that ever happened to him. He learned that, despite everything that had happened to him, he could still find joy and happiness in life. Berry emphasizes that there is no way to get rid of PTSD, but one can learn to manage it and seek help. He encourages first responders to ask for help and emphasizes that there is nothing to be ashamed of. He continues to get ongoing treatment and attends support groups to cope with his PTSD.

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