Bob Goldman

You know what's really depressing? The fact that your job is really depressing. Really! I feel your pain. With all you have to put up with, it's no wonder that you feel down.

What's amazing is the way you keep your unhappiness to yourself. In your situation, the average person would do nothing but complain. That you can limit your grumbling to coffee breaks, bathroom breaks, lunch breaks and all the time in between -- well, that makes you a hero in my book.

Unfortunately, all the complaining in the world is not going to make your job better. Let's face the facts -- you have an awful job, a terrible life, a miserable personality and your wardrobe kind of stinks, too. Taken together, it's a life so bleak that a weaker person would have long ago taken the ultimate step and applied for a job at the post office. (Of course, if your current job is at the post office, you don't really have any ultimate steps left. Sorry.)

But there is hope. If you can't make your job better, you can feel better. All you have to do is find some jobs that are even more depressing than yours. It won't be easy, but thanks to Tammy Worth, a columnist at Health.com, we now have a list of "10 Careers with High Rates of Depression."

In the spirit of positivity, I suggest we look at some of these downer gigs and see if we can find at least one job worse than yours.

According to author Worth, the No. 1 depressing job is to be a personal-care provider, with "nearly 11 percent of people in this field reporting a bout of major depression."

Beyond the general ickiness of changing diapers for infants or oldsters, the root cause of depression in this job is dealing people who are "incapable of expressing gratitude or appreciation." Sound familiar?

As Worth so rightly concludes, "it is stressful, seeing people sick and not getting a lot of positive reinforcement." Considering the sickos to whom you report, and the all the appreciation you never get, it's no wonder that you're depressed.

Artists, writers and entertainers are also a very depressed lot. "These jobs can bring irregular paychecks, uncertain hours and isolation," writes Worth, which is a pretty good description of your job, as well. Believe me, there's nothing "regular" about the pittance you are paid. (I'm a writer, but I am not depressed. When I think about your horrible job, I feel positively giddy.)

You'll be surprised by another highly depressed group of workers, because they're a major reason why you're so depressed. That's right! We're talking about the "administrative support staff."


Bob Goldman

Bob Goldman is a business humor writer.

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