by Staff writer
Genetic and some other factors aside, technically, any profession where you constantly give in a lot more than you gain is prone to lead to depression.
In no particular order, here are top 13 depression-prone careers:
1. Healthcare workers
This group includes therapists, doctors and nurses. These people tend to give and give and give. Dentists seem to be the worst off as no one wants to see them ever. Constantly seeing people die doesn’t help issues too.
2. Nursing home/child-care workers
When you are at the base level of feeding, bathing, and caring for others who are incapable of wiping their own butt, it takes God’s grace to keep you firm and standing.
3. Wait staff
These guys often get low pay and never catch a break. And while on top of it, still receive a lot of screams from bosses and customers who never get satisfied.
The pressure is from every direction. They also rarely get off the clock as work is brought home too. And most of them use their poor pay to buy things their classroom needs! With time, they learn to do so much with so little.
Most even take up labour jobs in the summer to supplement their income. The public has no idea, and doesn’t even seem to care!
5. Creative folk
Artists, writers, actors, musicians, entertainers, and even programmers now!
Irregular pay checks, uncertain hours, and the amount of isolation one is often exposed to can wreak havoc on the mind.
You never are secure, never are sure about anything. More, more, and more is demanded from you every minute of the day!
6. Administrative support staff
You have to be on 100% at all times, and change whenever the boss does.
Receptionists especially! Like a well-trained dog, you never take your eyes off the pack leader, or potential food.
7. Accountants and financial advisers
Other people’s money!
Handling thousands or millions for other people and at the same time reassuring them that it is going to be in their best interest, while having absolutely no control in the technical sense is the real definition of stress!
Many salespeople work on commission, meaning you never know exactly when your next pay check is coming in! Or if the last account is going to suddenly quit on you. You really are only as good as what just happened to you the previous month.
It’s like sleeping on shifting sand.
9. Maintenance people
Every time there is something wrong or broken they call you. Day or night, no one cares. And it doesn’t ever stop.
They only want to see you when something is broken. But really you are the person who needs fixing.
Everyone hates your guts. Every conversation is tactical. Every word you say can cost or make you money. Mistakes are scary.
Excessive hours, little time for family or personal engagement, a highly competitive field, and constant scrutiny, tend to make a double life virtually mandatory.
Eventually the house of cards always falls.
11. Defense people
Combatants especially. Carrying around that which can take away life in a single click isn’t easy, coupled with uncertain posting and unquestionable assignments.
12. Social workers
Constantly dealing with disaster and all the ill processes that come with it.
Seeing the never ending line of abused children, poverty, addiction and disability, it really gets to you.
13. Sex workers
Having to touch people you ordinarily wouldn’t come close to. Those unpleasant foul-mouthed perverts.
Or watching helplessly as they touch you—Oh lawd!
Life is short, do whatever makes you happy!
If you can’t find it, keep dreaming of it while in the meantime still giving your best at your present job!
Be nice to anyone that renders a service to you.
If they are exceptionally good, you can tip them, or say a surprising ‘Thank you so much for your service’.
If they are not good, don’t tip or thank them!
If they are nasty, complain to their boss. No employee has the right to take out their frustration on a customer.