These Seven Jobs Tend to Drive People Into Major Depression4
Reported by Liku Zelleke
If you are one of the very lucky few that really love their jobs, then you are in a minority among workers. For the most part, people keep their jobs because they need the income that comes from working.
But there’s worse. There are some jobs that, apart from being daily drudgery one simply needs to undertake, can actually lead to major depression as has been noticed over the past few years. Listed below are seven fields that have had employees reporting episodes of major depressions in any given year:
Administrative Support Staff
These workers are at the front line: they take orders from everyone and, yet, are at the lowest level when it comes to being in control. Their days are often unpredictable and their efforts are usually not acknowledged.
The stress teachers undergo seems to never end as they usually work after-hours and even have to take their jobs home. They have to do a lot with so little. They face pressure from students, parents and schools which can, at times, require meeting conflicting demands.
Artists, Entertainers, Writers
The one thing these people have in common is that there is no regular pay check at the end of the week or month. Although they are creative, these people also have a higher tendency of having mood disorders, and around 9% have reported episodes of major depression. Men employed in these professions have a 7% chance of having major depression.
Health Care Workers
Doctors, nurses, therapists and all others that care for people usually give more without saving much for themselves. They work long hours during which their patients’ lives are in their hands. This causes a lot of stress.
These professionals have to deal with abused families and children. Then there’s the bureaucracy that can render them helpless to do anything about it all. The job demands giving attention to people who are needy and quite often it isn’t too long before burn outs happen.
Food Service Staff
This is a low paying industry and it is thankless and there is also the fact that everyone is their boss. 10% of workers reported major depressions last year. Rude customers and physical exertion can really put a strain on them.
Nursing Home & Child Care Workers
About 11% of workers in this field suffer from bouts of depression. Feeding, bathing and caring for people (that are often incapable of expressing gratitude) is understandably very stressful.