Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Now, THAT'S Depressing...

This just stolen from the Associated Press...I found this article very interesting and probably NOT accurate at all. LOL But still interesting. Since the government Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration branch CONDUCTED the survey, I imagine it was rather skewed...remember...I WORK for a State branch of this organization..."SKEW" is our middle name!

I'm just curious though...since I work in health care (#3), but also in the legal system (#11), do I get to COMBINE both categories? And then, does that make me MORE depressed or LESS depressed? I'm just curious...LOL...not depressed about it, just curious.
Oh, and don't bother clicking on the pre-embedded links of each's shameless advertising for Job Builders and not at all anything of interest or related to the article. I'm just too lazy to retype all the categories and remove the links! Hmmm...maybe I AM depressed after all?!? **pause** Nope, just LAZY!

Depressed Workers

Personal Care, Food Workers Most Depressed

WASHINGTON (AP) -- People who tend to the elderly, change diapers and serve up 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 Saturday.

Top 21 -- Most Depressing Jobs

Percentages of full-time workers age 18 to 64 reporting depression lasting two weeks or longer, by categories of occupation, as provided by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health using 2004 through 2006 data:

Source: The Associated Press, using data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Women were more likely than men to have had a major bout of depression, and younger workers had higher rates of depression than their older colleagues.

Almost 11 percent of personal care workers -- which includes 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.

Workers who prepare and serve food -- cooks, bartenders, waiters and waitresses -- had the second highest rate of depression among full-time employees at 10.3 percent. In a tie for third were health care workers and social workers at 9.6 percent. The lowest rate of depression, 4.3 percent, occurred in the job category that covers engineers, architects and surveyors.

Government officials tracked depression within 21 major occupational categories. They combined data from 2004 through 2006 to estimate episodes of depression within the past year. That information came from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which registers lifetime and past-year depression bouts.

Depression leads to $30 billion to $44 billion in lost productivity annually, said the report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The report was available Saturday on the agency's website at

The various job categories tracked could be quite broad, with employees grouped in the same category seemingly having little in common. For example, one category included workers in the arts, media, entertainment and sports. In the personal care category, a worker caring for toddlers at a daycare center would have quite a different job from a nursing aide who helps an older person live at home rather than in a nursing home.

Just working full-time would appear to be beneficial in preventing depression. The overall rate of depression for full-time workers, 7 percent, compares with the 12.7 percent rate registered by those who are unemployed.


Miss Chris said...

I used to work in health care. No wonder I was depressed all the time!!! At least I know it wasn't just me.

Diane J Standiford said...

I tend to see the significant number of people sffering from depression more of a commentary of our times. (and billions made by drug companies) I get depressed when I read these statistics.
And teeth? Highly overrated. Whem I taff myn owfth, I doff jeff finbb.



Did I mention alcoholism and health care workers, too?!? Good thing you got out when you did or you might be under a table by now. LOL




TOO FUNNY! At first I thought you did what I often do and get your fingers on the keyboard misplaced! Then I realized I'm probably the ONLY one who'd go ahead and send such a typed cryptic message...sigh...


Sara said...

what fields are left after that list, I mean to say life, phyisical & social sciences, that encompasses sooooo much!

ah gotta love the associated press ;)

Anne said...

If you look at each of the 21 items, in some way every one of them can be attributed to being a Mom.

I think we Moms have cornered the market on all 21 items. With all those pressures, no wonder some of us are depressed.

I love my Prozac!! LOL


Diane J Standiford said...

Thank GAWD you LOL at me, I fear people take me too seriously, too often...if we stop laughing-the terrorists have won.