Depression-let’s talk

Professional activity in law enforcement agencies leads to a depletion of the psychophysical resources of the employees’ body. Even optimal individual qualities and stereotypes can not cope with the devastating consequences for the individual of chronic stress in combination with periodic extreme situations. The main target of their impact is the neuro-psychic sphere. Due to its violations the professional longevity of the employees is limited: the incidence of psychosomatic disorders increases, disability and mortality from them grows. The number of accidents, staff

turnover, and the professional core is eroding. All this, ultimately, negatively affects the effectiveness of activities and public image of the internal affairs bodies. Some people are prescribed this drug:

In addition, law enforcement activity has an extreme nature, as situations of vital threat constantly arise in the process of armed confrontation with anti-social elements not only when performing tasks of ensuring law and order and public safety in the North Caucasus region, but also during everyday service in the places of permanent deployment.

At that, law enforcement activity is characterized by the presence of conditions such as excessiveness (supernormality, super-unusuality), length of external environmental influences and multiplicity (frequency) of employees’ participation in them. There is such a characteristic of the labor process as a sudden change of life and professional stereotype (new conditions of life support), which in some individuals may cause a violation of psychological and physiological adaptation up to the development of mental and psychosomatic disorders.

It should not be forgotten that employees are ordinary people who, like everyone else, may have family, housing and other problems that can cause mood disorders and lead to various disorders of well-being.

Depression is one of the most common illnesses on earth. Relatively mild depression – at least once in a lifetime – is suffered by one in five inhabitants of the planet.

The severity of depression is easiest to measure by how much it disrupts one’s lifestyle.

It is believed that women suffer from severe depression twice as often as men, and mild depression 7-8 times more often. But men – in principle! – less often go to the doctor for help (maybe that’s why – statistics speaks in favor of women).

This leads to very unpleasant consequences, such as alcoholism.

But the worst possible consequence of depression is suicide.

Depression (from Greek Thymos – mood, feeling; synonyms: hypothymia, melancholy) is an illness characterized by a depressed, pessimistic, sad mood, which can deepen to a degree of marked despondency, melancholy, an uncertain sense of hopelessness and some impending misfortune, as well as physically burdensome feelings of “mental pain” and the inability to do everyday activities, for at least two weeks.

The “triggers” that provoke depression are many:

Psychological factors (mental trauma, such as the loss of a loved one);

Improper organization of life, as a result of which a person is constantly under stress;

Hereditary predisposition to depression.

Personality traits

The main signs of depression

Decline in mood for longer than two weeks

Difference in state throughout the day (heavier in the morning, lighter in the evening)

Sleep disturbance (sleepiness or insomnia)

Decreased appetite

Inability to enjoy anything

Decreased capacity for work

Deterioration of memory

Loss of usual interests

Thoughts of self-harm or suicide

And one of the most important manifestations of depression is exactly the loss of pleasure from anything.