Depression Reported by 7% of Workforce

  1. People who tend to the elderly, care for children and serve food and drinks have the highest rates of depression among U.S. workers.
    Overall, 7 percent of full-time workers battled depression in the past year, according to a government report available yesterday.
    Almost 11 percent of personal-care workers -- whose jobs include child care and helping the elderly and severely disabled with their daily needs -- reported depression lasting two weeks or longer.
    During such episodes there is loss of interest and pleasure, and at least four other symptoms surface, including problems with sleep, eating, energy, concentration and self-image.
    In a tie for third were health-care workers and social workers at 9.6 percent.
    Source: accessed today.

    Lets try to care of ourselves and each other.....
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  3. by   oramar
    Well known that these jobs that involve caring for elderly and the young pay poorly and have bad or non existant benefits. I wonder if that has anything to do for it
  4. by   leslie :-D
    i'll be danged if i can find any commonalities.
    i'd be interested to read the results of other low-paying jobs that reported little to no depression.

  5. by   jyoung1950
    Wash Post has a link to the actual study data.

    Healthcare workers & social services tied for 3rd highest.

    We do better in terms of illicit drug abuse. No. 16 on that scale.
  6. by   SillyLilly
    Have these people been depressed since they started their career, or is something they have dealt with in previous parts of their lives?

    I have struggled with depression since a child, and I always knew I wanted to go into a 'caring' field. I feel that it could be connected. Though depression may be different for each person.