Everybody feels sad once in a while. Depression, on the other hand, is a complex condition characterized by profound sadness, lethargy, feelings of worthlessness, and a loss of interest in social activities and even in life. According to research, about fifteen million people are diagnosed with clinical depression each year in countries such as the United States of America. The rates are bound to be higher in sub-Saharan Africa.
It has been revealed that some jobs are more depression-prone than others. Professionals with the high-stress jobs have a greater chance of managing it if they take care of themselves and get the help they need.
Common Causes Of Depression At The Workplace:
- If you deal with demanding customers, but have to stay positive and professional.
- If you’re constantly connected to the office via laptop and phone, set aside.
- If you’re busy with only little freedom at work.
- If you work your tail off, without enough credit.
- If you feel alone at work, without an office ally, supportive boss, or mentor.
- If you’re physically and emotionally exhausted to the point where it’s hard to function.
- If your boss dishes out insults, gives impossible deadlines, and but keeps you unnecessarily busy.
Types of Jobs That Are Easily Prone To Depression:
- Financial advisors, Stockbrokers and accountants: Most people don’t like dealing with their own investments, retirement planning etc directly. Handling millions of Naira for other people with the commitment to constantly generate good returns will sure be burdensome.Experts on depression in the workplace all agree that guilt is often involved when clients are losing money. Not that alone, at such periods, they probably have people screaming at them with regularity.
- Administrative support staff: People in this field can suffer from a classic case of high demand, low control. They are on the front line, taking orders from all directions. But they are also at the bottom of the totem pole in terms of control and “everything filters down. They can have unpredictable days and may not be acknowledged for all of the work that they do to make life easier for everyone else.
- Teachers:The demands on teachers seem to be constantly growing. Many of them do work after school and even take work home. In many areas, Teachers learn to do a lot with a little. To them, there are pressures from many different audiences—the kids, their parents, and the schools trying to meet standards, all (of which) have different demands. These can make it difficult for teachers to do their thing and lead to depression.
- Salespeople: There are a whole host of reasons why people who work in sales could experience depression. Many salespeople work on commission, meaning you never know exactly when your next pay cheque is coming. They may travel, and have to spend time away from home, family, and friends. If they work independently, benefits may also be limited. This uncertainty of income, tremendous pressure for results, and long hours can make for a high-stress occupation.
- Maintenance and grounds workers: How would you like to be called on only when something goes wrong? That’s essentially what maintenance people deal with each day. They also have to work odd hours, seasonal or varied schedules, and frequent night shifts. They are often paid little for a tough job that can include cleaning up other people’s messes. There is also higher turnover. In terms of co-workers, they are often isolated, and it can be dangerous work.
- Artists, entertainers, writers: Creative people often have higher rates of mood disorders; about 9% reported an episode of major depression in the previous year in the US. In men, it’s the job category most likely to be associated with an episode of major depression (nearly 7% in full-time workers). One thing is common a lot in entertainers and artists is bipolar illness. There could be undiagnosed or untreated mood disorders in people who are artistic. Depression is not uncommon to those who are drawn to work in the arts, and then the lifestyle contributes to it.
- Food service staff:Their services are mostly enjoyed. In other words, they create the required comforts for others but they often get low pay and can have exhausting jobs with numerous people telling them what to do each day. This is often a very thankless job. People can be really rude and there is a lot of physical exertion. When people are depressed, it is hard to have energy and motivation—when you have to be on, it is difficult.”
- Health-care workers: This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, and other professions that attract people who might end up giving a lot without saving a little for themselves. Health-care workers can have long, irregular hours and days in which other people’s lives are literally in their hands. In other words, the stress can be off the charts. Every day they are seeing sickness, trauma, and death and dealing with family members of patients. It can shade one’s outlook on the whole that the world is a sadder place.