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7% of U.S. Workforce Depressed

Depressed manAccording to a U.S. government agency, approximately 7 percent of full-time workers have had an episode of depression in the past year.

Childcare workers had some of the highest rates of depression, as well as those who care for senior citizens. Called “personal-care workers” by the government, this segment of the workforce suffered a 11% incidence of depression.

Bartenders, waiters, waitresses and cooks had the second-highest rate of depression according to the report, at just over 10%. Health-care and social workers were tied for third place in the report, at 9.6%.

Similar to general population statistics for depression, women were more likely than men to have had a major bout of depression.

The study also found that younger workers had higher rates of depression than their older colleagues.

Want a career that has the lowest rates of depression? Try being a professional engineer, architect or surveyor, whose rate of depression was just 4.3%.

The agency that published the report yesterday, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, did so with data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2004 to 2006. The National Survey asks questions related to whether the person may have experienced a depressive episode in the past year or at any point in their life.

Full-time workers appear to have a lesser risk of depression (7%) than non-full-time workers (12.7%).

According to research by the agency, depression leads to $30 billion to $44 billion in lost productivity annually.

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

7% of U.S. Workforce Depressed

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). 7% of U.S. Workforce Depressed. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 21, 2019, from
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