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Depression At Work: 10 Careers With High Rates Of Depression (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 12/31/10 08:11 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

Some jobs are more depression-prone than others. Here are 10 fields (out of 21 major job categories) in which full-time workers are most likely to report an episode of major depression in a given year. But if you want to be a nurse (number four), it doesn't mean you should pick another profession.

"There are certain aspects of any job that can contribute to or exacerbate depression," says Deborah Legge, Ph.D., a licensed mental health counselor in Buffalo. "Folks with the high-stress jobs have a greater chance of managing it if they take care of themselves and get the help they need."


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Personal-care providers top the list, with nearly 11 percent of people in this field reporting a bout of major depression. (The rate is 13 percent in the unemployed; 7 percent in the general population.) 



A typical day can include feeding, bathing, and caring for others who are “often incapable of expressing gratitude or appreciation…because they are too ill or too young or they just aren’t in the habit of it,” says Christopher Willard, clinical psychologist at Tufts University and author of "Child’s Mind".

"It is stressful, seeing people sick and not getting a lot of positive reinforcement.”


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