CopShock: Second Edition
Surviving Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

by Allen R. Kates, MFAW, BCECR

"PTSD is a greater cop killer than all the guns ever fired at police officers."

Lt. James F. Devine, (Ret.), CSW, CASAC, CEAP

"For most of my police years, I was addicted to alcohol and prescription drugs. I often had suicidal thoughts and once tried to kill myself. I didn’t realize that my exposure to frequent trauma was causing PTSD."

—Detective William H. Martin, LAPD (Ret)

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On Friday March 27, 2015, Police Officer John Moynahan, 34, was shot during a nighttime traffic stop in an unprovoked attack. A six-year veteran with the Boston Police Department, he is recovering at Boston Medical Center. Doctors removed a bullet from the officer's neck, and he is awake, alert, "in great spirits," and is anxious to get back to work. On Monday, March 30, Vice President Joe Biden visited Officer Moynahan, who was surprised and delighted by the visit. The officer is a highly decorated military veteran, a former Army Ranger, and is a recipient of the 2014 National Association of Police Organizations Top Cops Award for saving the life of a transit officer after a gun battle in April 2013 with the Boston Marathon bombers.

Our prayers and thoughts are with him, his family and department.


Internationally acclaimed PTSD survival book

for Police, Firefighters, Warfighters

All trauma survivors

"A life-saving book."
Andy O'Hara, Badge of Life

"The definitive guide to police PTSD.
I finally felt that someone understood my problems."

Gary Malmberg, police officer

"It will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Commonsense language."

Senior Chief Shannon H. Pennington
North American Fire Fighter Veterans Network

"At last a work on PTSD that a cop on the street will identify with."
NY Cop Online Magazine

"CopShock helps active duty and retired officers and their loved ones
understand the effects of exposure to repeated violence and tragedy."

Law & Order Magazine

"CopShock offers solutions on how to prevent or manage PTSD Symptoms."
American Police Beat Magazine

Recommended by trauma experts around the world, CopShock:
  • For police, firefighters, first responders, warfighters--all trauma sufferers
  • Prepares them for the aftermath of horrific trauma
  • Helps families understand PTSD's effect on their loved ones
  • Tells true stories of officers-men and women-with PTSD
  • Offers over 200 support sources

The Second Edition:

  • 5 new chapters
  • 50 percent updated and expanded
  • More resources including treatment centers
  • Chapter on learning Resiliency, bouncing back from adversity
  • Self-tests for PTSD, Anxiety, Stress, Panic Disorder, Depression, and Resiliency

Features stories about surviving:

  • Combat
  • Assaults
  • Shootings
  • Drug taking
  • Family trauma
  • Bomb explosions
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • 9/11 terror attacks
  • Death investigations
  • Police dispatcher trauma
  • Repercussions from not shooting

Law enforcement officers throughout the United States and in other countries use this book in their peer support programs, police academies, college courses, chaplaincies, and post-trauma units. The United States Army National Guard and Air Force National Guard are using the book in their soldier and family support programs.



If you are a cop, firefighter or warfighter, is PTSD inevitable?
What are the symptoms of PTSD?

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