Low Status Jobs and Depression

Low Status Jobs and DepressionMost of us spend the majority of our waking hours working or in activities related to work: waking up early, dressing for work, commuting and etc. Furthermore, most people identify themselves primarily in relation to their job. Often the first question asked when meeting someone new is, “what do you do for a living?” People are also defined by others according to their jobs; for instance, a person in a news feature will invariably be defined first by his job, then by his name, from the President down to the janitor. Virtually everyone in our society is defined by work.

How Jobs Affect Depression

It may then come as no surprise that people who work in lower status or undesirable jobs can suffer from depression as a result. Service-related jobs, such as janitors or dishwashers, are critical to the function of society. Furthermore, it is honest, respectable work, and anyone who earns a living rather than resorting to crime or welfare should be commended. Yet the fact remains that, when asked their occupation, few want to answer one of these lower status jobs.

The United States is supposed to be a classless society, but this is not the case. While the United States have done away with hereditary classes, they are nonetheless stratified by income and careers. People in low status jobs are typically stereotyped as losers compared to society’s winners, i.e. the doctors, business people, celebrities and nearly anyone who brings home a big paycheck. Being perennially labeled an economic loser can profoundly impact a person’s psyche. This is especially true if the person feels that she is not adequately providing for her family and cannot afford the amenities that many enjoy. Men in particular may feel tremendous pressure to provide economically; if they do not provide well, then they may feel inadequate in primal duties as husbands and fathers.

Treating Depression

Depression may be caused by genetic or environmental factors, or a combination of the two. A person with a genetic predisposition to depression may initiate the disorder if she works in a low-status, dead-end job. The depression may then trigger other problems, such as marital difficulties or substance abuse and addiction. Treating depression can help people cope with their situations and avoid many of the pitfalls of depression, such as drug abuse. Treating depression will help people focus on the positive aspects of their lives while they adopt an identity based on self-awareness rather than society’s stereotypes.

Help Finding Treatment for Depression

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