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February 5, 2023

Breaking News: Accounting is a Depressing Career

This one goes out to everyone getting up at the crack of dawn this Saturday to count inventory.

Health.com identifies financial advisors and accountants as some of the most depressed workers:

Stress. Stress. Stress. Most people don’t like dealing with their own retirement savings. So can you imagine handling thousands or millions of dollars for other people?

“There is so much responsibility for other people’s finances and no control of the market,” [licensed mental health counselor Deborah] Legge says. “There is guilt involved, and when (clients) are losing money, they probably have people screaming at them with regularity.”

The good news for all of you?

Writers are way worse off:

These jobs can bring irregular paychecks, uncertain hours, and isolation.

Creative people may also have higher rates of mood disorders; about 9% reported an episode of major depression in the previous year.

In men, it’s the job category most likely to be associated with an episode of major depression (nearly 7% in full-time workers).

“One thing I see a lot in entertainers and artists is bipolar illness,” says Legge. “There could be undiagnosed or untreated mood disorders in people who are artistic…. Depression is not uncommon to those who are drawn to work in the arts, and then the lifestyle contributes to it.”

Whenever you question your career choices, just think, it could be way worse.

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