Top 10 Jobs Associated With High Levels of Depression

by Aanya Rose

Many jobs lead to high levels of depression. Just because you have one of these jobs doesn't necessarily mean you'll end up depressed. But if your job falls into one of these categories, you might be on the lookout for signs of depression or embark on pastimes including social activities that can help reduce the likelihood of depression, including getting outdoors and getting some sunshine. Depression can increase your risk for illness and risk for suicide.

Health Care Workers

Certain health care workers are at greater risk for profession. Those most at risk include nurses, personal care providers and social workers. While social workers aren't exactly health care workers, a social worker often helps individuals with health care needs, including finding adequate insurance or provisions for health care. Individuals working in these fields often work with people that have poor health and often are very needy, which may contribute to health workers' levels of stress and depression. The toll on a health or social worker's mental and emotional health can also lead to high levels of depression.

Childcare Workers

Teachers and other childcare workers are also subject to high levels of depression. While you may expect childcare workers to be happy and upbeat, this is not often the case. Why the blues? Teachers and childcare workers often have to meet many standards and demands. Working with children can be taxing. Parents can be emotional about their children. You may have to deal with children who are victims of abuse and neglect, which can also lead to depression.

Artists, Entertainers and Writers

Artists, entertainers and writers often experience frequent bouts of depression. This may be the result of mood disorders or just the isolation that writers and other creative artists may be subject to as they spend hours alone working to perfect a masterpiece. Many artists work odd hours, while some aren't certain of a job from one gig to the next. This uncertainty can lead to depression and higher-than-average levels of stress.

Administrative Support Staff

Administrative support staff often have high levels of work tasks yet feel under-recognized compared to other workers. Often, administrative support staff perform work tasks in the background. While answering phones and sorting through piles of paperwork and memos, making sure only critical people get through to top-level staff, many administrative staff feel underappreciated and overworked. Lots of overtime, a lack of gratitude and working behind the scenes for too long can lead to chronic depression among support staff.

Financial Advisers

Financial advisers and accountants also report high levels of depression. This is due largely to the amount of stress people have in accounting positions. Financial advisers and accountants face many deadlines, which can increase stress and pressure on the job. Financial representatives also have responsibility for other people's finances, which can feel like a tremendous burden. If clients make money, generally an accountant or financial adviser may have a more positive outlook at work, but when they owe money or have to pay extra money, more stress may result from clients getting upset and yelling, whether the financial adviser is at fault or not. This can lead to increased depression.

About the Author

Aanya Rose has been writing since 1998. Her work has appeared in "ADDitude," "Curl," "Diabetes Alternatives," "Fitness," the "Healing Path" and more. She has served as a channel manager for various websites and worked in consultation and training. Rose holds a B.S. and Ph.D.

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