Anxiety and Depression

Clinical depression is a mood disorder that affects people from all walks of life. For many public safety employees, depression is often directly associated with the weight of the job's daily demands and the traumatic calls they respond to. There are different type of clinical depression and symptoms that can vary from one individual to the next. the IAFF Center of Excellence is committed to increasing awareness of depression and giving a voice to those who would otherwise suffer in silence.

Clinical depression takes a toll on the personal and professional lives of Public Safety employees, but the good news is that depression is treatable. One of the distinguishing characteristics between clinical depression an general sadness is the duration and intensity of symptoms. During a major depressive episode, symptoms must last for at least two weeks.

The following are some of the most common signs of depression:

  • Chronic sadness or feeling of emptiness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Recurring pessimistic thoughts
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Feelings of guilt or helplessness
  • Anxiety or agitation
  • Irritability or frustration
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and enjoyable activitiesAdobeStock_101631808

Clinical depression is a serious mental health condition that can drastically affect anyone's life, as well as the lives of those around them. Spouses, children and other loved ones often suffer alongside the person who is struggling. It can also interfere with work, which in the case of Public Safety employees, can put the lives of others at risk. It can also push those in its path to drugs, alcohol or even suicide.

Below are some links to various resources for those dealing with depression or any of the symptoms that accompany it.

Suicide Prevention


Signs of PTSD


Signs of Anxiety


Signs of Depression