We all know that firefighting is a risky business, but some of the risks aren’t always fully appreciated. While it’s widely understood that being chronically exposed to trauma increases risk for post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) symptoms, researchers at Florida State University further found that these same symptoms appear to play a significant role in increasing the risk for suicide among firefighters.
- Firefighters who experienced a greater amount of PTSD symptoms also were more likely to have contemplated or attempted suicide.
- Recurrent experiences of depression or emotional numbing (loss of the ability to have any positive emotions) uniquely predicted risk for having thoughts about suicide.
Source: PTSD symptoms and suicidal thoughts and behaviors among firefighters. Journal of Psychiatric Research. Vol 84, January 2017.
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