Are you in love with your job? If you are not, chances are you are unhappy, unsatisfied and looking to end the sour relationship.
You are more likely to dislike your job if you work long hours or have little control over what you do. As a result, you stand the risk of suffering from depression, a condition psychologists describe as feelings of severe dejection and despondency.
Here is a compilation of the top jobs that are likely to get you depressed:
1. Truck Driver
Truck drivers, especially those who do long haul routes, are very vulnerable to depression. According to C.H. Robinson, a trucking services company, 15 to 20 percent of professional truck drivers suffer from depression each year. This is because they spend several weeks or even months away from their families, doing nothing but driving slow-moving vehicles.
Soldiers work in the harshest of conditions. Those on active duty leave their families behind, and spend years in warzones fighting the enemy. In war, obviously, there are casualties. Soldiers lose their colleagues in combat and, being the soldiers they are, bottle up their emotions. And then depression kicks in.
It is one thing seeing a colleague pass on; it’s another watching a person you are paid to care for die. Such is the work life of nurses. Many a times they develop bonds with some of their patients, and in the unfortunate event that a patient passes on, the healthcare providers can find it hard to bear. This, together with round-the-clock work, makes nurses susceptible to depression.
4. Food Service Worker
In some professions, taking orders from one boss is hard enough. Now, food service workers have to take instructions from their supervisors, as well as tens or hundreds of customers (in various emotional states) who visit the restaurant. When you combine this with low wages and long-working hours, depression is the inevitable result.
5. Social Worker
Only social workers know the kind of problems individuals, families and communities face. They interact with abused children almost on a daily basis, deal with immigrants facing deportation, and provide support services to drug addicts who have little hope in life. It needs massive effort to make a difference in the lives of people with such problems. When they can’t do much to help, it is not hard to see how the job leaves them vulnerable to depression.
6. Financial Advisor
We all want to be rich. Very rich.
It can be very discouraging to advise people on what they should do with their millions, and all you have in your savings account is a few thousands. How should financial advisors, especially the overambitious ones, escape depression? You tell me.
Isolation defines the typical day of a freelancer. With a rush to beat deadlines, secure more work and make more money, freelance professionals who work over the Internet have no time for anything or anyone but their clients. Although freelancers have control over their work schedules, those who overindulge in isolation rarely escape the jaws of depression.
Teachers are the ultimate workaholics. After completing their workday, it is not uncommon to find them marking or grading papers at home when they should be with family. Low pay, misbehaving students and stressed parents all contribute to the teachers’ chances of getting depressed.
9. Real Estate Agents
Any real estate agent will tell you that netting a person to buy a home is harder than finding a car buyer. With the global economy not doing well, money is getting harder to come by and acquiring homes is not a top-of-the list priority for many people. Faced with sales targets that are impossible to meet, real estate agents become easy prey for depression.
10. Field Journalist
How do you feel when a new anchor warns you that a video you are about to view contains graphic images? Scared, right? Now imagine the person whose everyday job involves taking such images or videos? Unable to cope with the ghastly scenes they come across, field journalists who don’t seek regular psychological help can struggle with depression.
If you are in any of these professions and feeling low on energy, finding it hard to concentrate at work or harboring negative thoughts about your job, you could be at risk for developing depression. Be sure to see a mental health counselor.