By On October 15th, 2007

Seven percent of full-time US workers report depression

According to a recent government report, 7% of the full-time US workforce reports having had bouts of depression. Out of all of the full-time US workers reporting depression, personal-care workers, which includes people that work with children, elderly, and disabled, have the highest rate of depression at 11%. Workers in the food industry, specifically food workers that prepared or serve food, were a close second with 10.3% reporting bouts of depression. Social workers and health-care workers were in a tie for third with reports of depression at 9.6%. The study tracked information about full-time US workers from 21 different occupational categories from 2004 to 2006. According to the report, workplace depression causes anywhere from $30 billion to $44 billion in production losses.

Although 7% of full-time US workers reported depression, the rate was 12.7% among the unemployed. It would appear that simply working on a full-time basis aids in the prevention of depression. The following is an excerpt from an article by the Washington Post that reviews the findings:

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.

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 — 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.

Workers who prepare and serve food — cooks, bartenders, waiters and waitresses — had the second-highest rate of depression among full-time employees, 10.3 percent.

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Click here to read about signs and symptoms of depression

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