Depression Amongst Sheriff’s Officers Depression that develops at a level significant enough to interfere with normal functioning including work is clinically known as major depressive disorder. Severe depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 – 44, affects approximately 5.2% of adults aged 18 or older (Archives of General Psychiatry, 2005, p.617). In law enforcement, researchers have found that around 9.3% of officers report depressive symptoms that impact their work and their families which is 4.1% higher than the rate nationwide ( Volanti et al., 2008, p.758). The high rate of depression amongst officers including sheriffs has an impact on officer morale, burnout, health, and relationships as well as economic...The end:
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