Work Burnout Can Lead to Depression

New research suggests a strong link between being disenchanted by work and depression.

City College of New York psychology professor Irvin Schonfeld, PhD, studied more than 5,500 school teachers to estimate the prevalence of depressive disorders in workers with burnout. He discovered 90% of the subjects identified as burned out met diagnostic criteria for depression.

The study also examined the overlap of burnout with the atypical subtype of depression, or depression characterized by improved mood in response to positive events.

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