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Workers' Depression: 21 Fields Ranked
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Depression Most Commonly Reported by Personal Care and Service Workers
Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD
Oct. 16, 2007 -- Depression may be more common in some fields than others.
New research shows that people who work in personal care and services -- such as child care workers orhairdressers -- are more likely to report depression than engineers and architects.
So says the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Some 67,500 adults aged 18-64 participated in annual SAMHSA surveys from 2004 to 2006. They reported their job status and whether they had been depressed for at least two weeks in the last year.
Overall, 8.6% of participants had been depressed in the past year. They include:
Depression was most commonly reported by personal care and service workers and least commonly reported by engineers, architects, and surveyors.
Depressed full-time workers tended to be young (18-25). Depression was more commonly reported by women than men.
Here are the percentages of full-time workers in each field who reported being depressed in the past year. Fields with the same percentage of depressed full-time workers are ranked together.
The report appears in SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health Report.
Depression is common and treatable. The first steps are recognizing the signs and seeking help.
People with major depression may experience five or more of the following depression symptoms for at least two weeks:
Not sure if you've crossed the line from feeling a little blue into major depression? Don't hesitate to ask your doctor. Seek immediate help if you or a loved one is having suicidal thoughts.
SOURCES: Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: The National Survey on Drug Use and Health Report, Oct. 11, 2007. U.S. Department of Labor: "Standard Occupational Classification." WebMD Medical Reference: "Understanding Depression -- Symptoms." News release, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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