Jobs for Depressed People

What kind of job isn’t suitable for the depressed people and what one should do to get a pleasure from the job? We will try to answer.


One of the principle signs of depression at the job is continuing feeling despondent, disinclination to meet colleagues, anxiety and apathy. Your job doesn’t bring you any satisfaction and you have to make an effort to do something.

A lot of people aren’t able to manage with such a pressure, leave their job and stay within four walls. But do they do correctly?

What job for depressed people doesn’t suit them at all and how make your job interesting?

Let’s get to know reading below

Why should people with depression go to work?

Clinical depression is a hard disease which happens to people who mentally work. Nevertheless office workers having a stroke of depression shouldn’t take a sick list and much less quit.

It will finish faster than if you take a sick list and stay at home within four walls.

The scientists of the University of Melbourne and the University of Tasmania came to such a conclusion.

They were studying the results of examination and enquiry of more than 9 000 of the depressed people.

The authors of the research found out that in case of mild and moderate depression those people who continued to work began feeling better faster than those who took a sick list and stayed at home for some time.

How to Stop Being Lazy and Depressed?

67% of the depressed people after their return to work had some difficulties with attention concentration, memorizing of information and making the right decisions.

The investigators also found out that not less than 50% of patients with major depressive disorder almost completely kept their capacity for job, though they could feel some temporary psychological discomfort due to their disease.

10 dangerous professions provoking depression

«Depression is the inability to construct a future.»
Rollo May

Some of them are more depressing than the others. The reason is in the increased stress level, irregular working hours and low predictability.

10 professions of the high-risk group:

  1. Kindergarten and rest houses employees.

    People who take care of other people’ health and well-being more often complain of the depressed state.  11% of the depressed people work in this sphere.

    Routine responsibilities of the workers with such a job include feeding, bathing and care for others in ward, who aren’t able to say “thank you” because of their hard disease, tender age or personal reluctance.

  2. Waiters.

    As a rule they get the lowest salary for the highest level of stress when they are daily told by lots of people what to do.

    At average major depressive episodes happen to 10% of people working in this sphere.

    But in any case women more often suffer from depression and its ratio is 15% of all the depressed people.

    The reason is lack of gratitude for their job, rudeness and a big exercise stress.

  3. Social workers.

    These workers are under stress almost twenty-four seven dealing with children problems such as violence and family facing crisis and moreover constant bureaucracy influence on the workers.

    They say that job with the most helpless people needs a great psychological “give” and empathy. They admit that often their colleagues “perish” at their job.

    So there is a great many of depressed people in the social sphere.

  4. Medical profession.

    The doctors, nursing profession, physicians and other medical workers become the eyewitnesses of human sufferings all the time.

    Moreover in most cases they have an irregular working day. Constant physical and emotional fatigue along with responsibility for patients’ health and life is the guaranteed formula of stress and depression.

  5. Actors, writers, artists.

    These professions «are uncertain by» instability of salary, working hours and loneliness.

    9% of artists complain of depression episodes.
    Moreover they are characterized by manic-depressive disorders which aren’t under expert observation.

  6. Teachers.

    A demand for teachers was always growing. They often have to work afterhours and take work home.

    Such pressure on the teachers can be made by children, parents and schools themselves raising its frequently conflicting requirements.

  7. Administrators.

    People of such a job meet the classic combination of strict requirements and minimal control under the situation.

    Moreover tasks unpredictability and no gratitude strengthen their stress and it results in depression.

  8. Maintenance stuff.

    Such a profession is characterized by an irregular working day and service requests, instability in working hours in dependence to the season, often night duties and humble wage.

    The depressed people are often met among the employees with this kind of job because of isolation and constant loneliness.

  9. Financial consultants and accountants.

    This profession needs titanic responsibility.

    And if something is wrong and the customer loses money, you can hear towards yourself not just the unflattering remarks but the raised voice.

  10. Salesmen.

    Though this profession is on the 10th place in this list, it threatens its workers none the less number of reasons for depression and stress.

    Many salesmen work on commission that means you are never sure enough how much money you will get this time.

    When you work to get a definite result you are to spend a lot of energy and strengths. You are to be well possessed while speaking with the customers all the time.

What should the workers do to overcome the depression?

Belgian scientists have found that the discrepancy between the skills and knowledge of the job title can lead to the true depression.

If you came across with such a situation you need:

  1. To understand the problem.

    If it seems to you that your level of knowledge doesn’t correspond to this appointment and you feel yourself an unfulfilled person, you have to solve this dilemma but not to avoid it.

    The worst thing is to put up with it.

    Feeling of your unrealized potential and dissatisfaction won’t disappear and you will have to face it over and over. That’s why one should look at this dilemma all over again.

    Do you think you are worth better things? Then think about why you don’t get them.

    Probably you aren’t firm and persistent enough. Current events forced you. Or probably the thing is that you feel comfortable yourself where you are right now.

    Making the core of the problem clear one has to find the way out.

    In this case “self-treatment” will be enough.

  2. Find the hobby which can fill in an existent emptiness.

    An emptiness which appeared as a result of unrealized potential at your job can be completely filled in.

    Under no circumstances never give up and don’t let your skills to be unused.

    You like to write but your job has nothing to do with this activity.

    Then find the time and write taking the back seat for your dissatisfaction and continue creating!

    Direct your creative ideas and creative approach to its implementation.

    Use it and don’t let it die away.

    It seems to you that your mental abilities aren’t completely used.

    Then use them yourself by all means. For example: learn a new language, master an interesting profession.
    There will never be too much for you.

  3. To start an “office romance”.

    The next possible step to get rid of emptiness is to try to find pleasant moments in your job.

    That’s why a good way out from this situation is to start an “office romance” and not in a standard way.

    And no matter whether it will be an instant pleasant flirt with your clients (of course it should not step out of line and interfere with your concrete responsibilities) or friendship with your colleague, love to the flowers in the cabinet and thus caring for them or a new album of the well-known singer which you listen to while going to job.

    Switch on your imagination and you will certainly find that thing which you like at your work.

    Try to find something that will make you laugh or just simply entertain.

  4. To change the job.

    Well, if it seems to you that none of the advices can help you to put up with depression, nothing can make you joyful and satisfied, then another question appears: Will you probably change your job?

    Feeling of despair will disappear and you will have a new goal, new appointment, new skills and suggestions.

The best job for the depressed people is that one where you can solve all your personal problems and realize your potential as a true professional.

After you start receiving the desired results from your job it will be much easier to keep positive thinking.

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