Home Care Workers Subject to Depression

Stephen Tweed | April 5, 2008 | Newsroom
Private Duty caregivers are among a group of workers who are most likely to suffer depression. A study by the national Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration indicates that 10.8%% of full time workers who care for children or the elderly battled depression in the past year. Female caregivers are more likely than men…

Private Duty caregivers are among a group of workers who are most likely to suffer depression. A study by the national Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration indicates that 10.8%% of full time workers who care for children or the elderly battled depression in the past year.

Female caregivers are more likely than men to have a major bout of depression, and younger caregivers had higher rates of depression than their older colleagues. Almost 11% of personal care workers reported depression lasting two weeks or longer. During such episodes there is a loss of interest, problems with sleep, eating, energy, concentration, and low self-image.

The government agency tracked depression in 21 major occupational categories from 2004 to 2006 in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Stephen Tweed
Stephen Tweed, CSP, began his journey as a business strategist in home health care in 1982. Today, Stephen is among the top thought leaders in Home Care strategy and management. He has worked with top 5% companies from across the US. He is a sought after speaker at from national and state association events.

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