Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Professions With Highest Depression Rate



Onlinecollege.org has compiled a list of the some of the professions that have the highest depression rate.

"1.Nursing Home Employees and Childcare Providers. These, and other personal care careers, top the list of the most depressed professions out there. Almost 11% of workers in this field reported depression that lasted for two weeks or longer.

2.Food Service: Workers have to deal with low pay, few chances for advancement, physically dangerous or exhausting work, and often demanding and unforgiving work environments. As anyone in the food service industry will tell you, it's hard, hard work.

3.Social Workers: Those working in this field are three times more likely to be depressed than the general population, and many are so focused on helping others they don't get the help that they need themselves.

4.Doctors and Nurses: Doctors and nurses score high when it comes to rating their burnout and depression on the job. As hospitals and medical care facilities reduce staff and make cutbacks, these professionals are responsible for a larger patient load, adding to their stress and anxiety.

5.Artists: As cliche as the stereotype might be, artists, entertainers and those in the creative fields have higher levels of depression than the general population. While there has been no definitive link between depression and creativity, those who choose to work in an artistic or entertainment field found it depressing, with 9.1% indicating a depressive episode over the past year.

6.Teachers: Being responsible for teaching the leaders of our future is stressful enough, but throw in having too many kids in a classroom, students with behavioral problems and not enough resources to get the job done, and you've described the experience many teachers have working today. Not to mention getting emotionally involved in the lives of students and wanting to help beyond the limits of your job. These factors and others lead to early burnout and depression in teachers.

7.Secretaries and Administrative Support: Clerical support staff are responsible with keeping a lot of things running smoothly but rarely get the acknowledgment they deserve for doing their jobs well. Some mental health experts say that the high levels of depression in support staff are due to the lack of control they have over their work environment and work flow, but whatever it is that causes it, these workers are more likely to be depressed, take anti-anxiety medication and call in sick to work.

8.Maintenance Workers: No one notices maintenance workers until something is broken or doesn't work. It is this lack of attention, repetitive tasks, and low wages that leads many who work in building maintenance and cleaning to feel depressed and unhappy about their work.

9.Financial Advisors: In an economic downturn, it makes sense that those working in the financial field should feel a little down about the outlook of things, but studies have shown that those working in finance have higher levels of depression than other professions even in good times. The major leading factor? Stress. The stress of working with money, and very often large sums of it, can be too much for some.

10.Lawyers: The demands of a legal career make it easy for lawyers to burnt out and over stressed, often leading to depression. Lawyers are 3.8 times more likely to be depressed than those in other professions and rank among the highest among levels of depression in all careers. Working excessive hours, having little time for family and personal engagement and a highly competitive field all contribute to creating high levels of depression in lawyers."




14 comments:

Wanda's Wings said...

Well I guess since I was a nurse I fit in. Kind of sad that those who help other get so depressed.

Dr. Deb said...

Not getting something in return can leave us feeling depleted. A smile, thank you, some kind of recognition is always nice, right?

Dreaming again said...

My therapist had a professor who was also a practicing therapist. She took time every Sunday to watch a tear jerker of a movie ...to bring on the tears, as a stress relief. A way of getting some of the emotions of dealing with the emotions of others all week.

Tag said...

I think that everyone who works with people (ie teachers {especialy special ed teachers}Therapists, doctors etc...) Should learn self care

kenju said...

I've read that dentists have the highest suicide rate of all professions. Do you find that to be true?

S'onnie said...

I think that call centre workers would be fairly high on the list too... sometimes customers are extremely abusive towards csr's and some days you get a lot of it. I have heard a customer abuse and uses racist terms about some of my staff and its hard when its ongoing.

Dr. Deb said...

Dreaming,
Whatever can help a person toward well-being is a great thing. Movies, reading, music, exercise....whatever!

Tag
You make an excellent point that self-care is essential!

kenju
I have read that too. I wondered why they didn't make the list here?

S'onnie
I agree that CSR is a tough job. And you're right, many people don't mind their manners when talking with CSRs.

Awake In Rochester said...

#1 "Nursing Home Employees..." Ah, so that's it! ;) I've worked in that or another related field all my life. I might have to get another type of job because I can no longer take seeing people die after some of my relatives died suddenly.

Xmichra said...

I wonder what it says, about certain people loving thier job or choosing that path, but being a depressive peronality. Perhaps it's the people in the jobs, like a strange attraction to the jobs themselves, and nothing to do with the dynamic of the job. *shrugs*... then again, I have always been in the realms of #1,2,5,6 and mostly 7. lol...

Tracy said...

Very interesting study. As an artist, and a former child care provider I can confirm the study as true. It has been a struggle for me fighting depression on and off for as long as i can remember. For me the reason i paint is to help relieve the depression.

Thanks for the post!

Hugs, and blessings sent your way.

brookskent said...

Self care is absolutely needed to avoid burnout. Look at that list, it's like the top 10 helping professions!

Jade said...

Wow, I've done 3 of the mentioned professions and was a year away from my RN before deciding that I wanted to go into social work. Haha, this was an interesting read Deb. By far serving was the WORST!!!! Be kind to your servers people!!

Hope you are doing well.

purple cupcakes said...

i have found that in the kitcen uinder pressure time the feleing of being overwhelmed can lead to put downs. The gordon ramseys of the world come out and the highest burn out rates are amongst chefs.

Anonymous said...

Most of the mental health therapist I know are on meds for something in the DSM...