Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Monday, March 21, 2011

Connections Between Occupation & Depression?

Professor S. B. Patten of the University of Calgary indicates that his principal academic interest is in the epidemiology of mood disorders. His blog, "Clinical Depression in Canada," is here.

At least two recent postings are of interest to us:
  1. Dr. Jian Li Wang, also of Calgary, has shown a significant change of from 5.1 to 7.6% in the incidence of major depression in his study group owing to the recent economic disruption, as well as a significant increase in dysthymic disorder.
  2. There's a list of occupations associated with higher 'risks' of depression. However, there are no substantiating details.
Perhaps Dr Wang's prospective study will shed more light on the issue of whether some occupations lead to more problems with depression.