Can A Job Cause Depression?

Whilst obtaining a job will help your bank balance, the day in the life of an employee can be miserable and can lead to employees feeling down in the dumps.
Whilst obtaining a job will help your bank balance, the day in the life of an employee can be miserable and can lead to employees feeling down in the dumps.

There are many benefits to having a job but there are also many downsides. In this post, I will detail the pros and cons of a job and how this impacts individuals.

Pros of a job

  • Your bank balance will increase. Of course, the primary reason people go for a job is to earn money. This is no myth and it is a huge motivation for any person who has a job. I’m sure if you’re in your workplace, the concept of pay day always lingers on people’s mind.
  • You will become closer to being independent. Earning money will allow you to live freely and in having a job, you will soon realise that there will be more aspects of your life which you are now doing yourself rather than relying on other people.
  • Meet new people! When you do get the job, you will instantly be introduced to new people who you will get to know and they will become your friends. Not only will they be able to help you personally and help with dilemmas at home but they can most certainly help you professionally. These colleagues are new contacts for you and you will be prone to new opportunities.
  • You will learn new skills and polish the skills that you already have. Being in a job, you will have to do tasks daily so this will inevitably step up your game and will ensure that you become competent in the field you are currently in.


Cons of a job 

  • Stress! You will be doing a job where you have to complete tasks within a certain time frame. This can cause you to be stressed and can make you feel down, especially if you work from home as well.
  • You may feel tired and exhausted from the work load and you feel like there isn’t enough time to have fun and do the things you want. This is the case for most people. I would suggest to take some holiday or to change shifts. Do whatever it is you have to do for you to feel happy and for you to be able to do the things you want to do.
  • Your mental and physical health may go down if you are constantly thinking about work and you’re always stressing about what happened. You may have had a bad day at work and you bring those problems home which means your life is not going so well. Try to keep the work load at work and when you leave work, spend this time to enjoy life and to spend some time with loved ones.


A lot of the pros and cons of a job which I have not mentioned above are conditional, such as: Salary, Job Satisfaction, Shift Pattern, Manager Relationship etc. There are many conditional factors which will determine whether or not you are happy in your job.

I always say that you should live life to be happy and to do the things you wish to do in life. Don’t be tied down or do something which you have no interest or passion in.


  1. I think not having a job and having a job can both cause depression :), because if you dont have, you might be a burden to others , if you have ,you might feel limited regarding your physical , intellectual ,moral capacity compared to what s being expected from you.But I agree when you said that most important to stay happy and for that it is it to balance work and self care to not fall into depression . I think it would be another great topic if you can talk about how to not fall into depression at work. Great post anyway :)as always

  2. The most important aspect of having a job is the money we walk home with at the end of the day. Having a job gives us stress but not having it gives us a lot to worry about. The thing is, just as you have said, getting a job or work that one loves can go a long way to ease the stress associated with work.

  3. Great Post ! It is important, to stay healthy, not to bring “work problems” home with us. While I was working, at the end of the day, I would put my pen down on my desk, in a certain spot, and then go home. The rest of the day was my time ! We need to set healthy boundaries between “work” and personal activities.

  4. Sometimes in a job that is ‘less than enjoyable’ it is useful to see how/what you are putting back into society. Cleaning bathrooms doesn’t sound like a jazz job but when you think about the difference people feel going into a clean bathroom vs. one that makes you want to cross your legs and find a bush to go behind, it can help reward your efforts. Even though you have to go clean it again the next day!

  5. ◇ I Have to add “The Depression” NEEDS!!! to be already InSide Us EveryOne; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that Parents and Other Authority like Teachers Have an Accountability and Responsibility to Wear…a Great Movie, ‘Dead Poets Society’ ultimately led to Robin Williams Suicide; who ARE We to be So Serious that what facilitate Our Others to KILL!!! ThemSelves, Who 🤔 ?


  6. ♡ Anthony Bourdain, a Great Chef, KILLED!!! HimSelf and Left ALL His Money to His Daughter who would preferred to Have Her Dad STILL!!! Alive 😔


  7. We have the resources, the smarts and the man-power to redefine what “Job” currently stands for. This form of slavery that robs most of us from really living.
    In the meantime, since we’re so far away from that 👆🏾, let’s not let our job be one more depressing thing to deal with on the planet.
    If you don’t like your job, change it!
    If you like your Job, use it to help others.
    And most importantly, don’t ever bring it home. 🤦🏾‍♂️

    • Yeah, everything is conditional really. If you have a good manager or a bad manager. If your colleagues make fun of you or if you have a laugh with them.


    ♡ Forgiveness or Revenge
    ♧ Foolishness or Knowledge
    ♤ Wit and/or Wisdom

    …these ARE The Foundations of How We Live 3DLife; so I Suggest CHOOSE!!! Carefully or Perish in SOMB (Soul Observer Mind Body) that Rhymes with WOMB…what does Bad Behaviour Mean, what does Good Behaviour Mean; why do We DisAgree about Good and Bad 🤔 ?:

    ♡ Respect is having The Emotional Courage to Share Personal Darkness with Each Other in The Abscence of Judgement, Altercation, Argument and Any Other Conflict EveryOne; if I Recieved Money for Every Time I Have Been Blocked Because of THEIR!!! Rage, Fury and a Perceived Lack of My Respect for THEM!!! I Would Be Incredibly RICH!!! 🤑 😆😅😄😃😂😁😀😉😊
    ♡ Don’t Be Mean; yet what does Mean Mean 🤔 ?
    ♡ It’s Crystal Clear Clarity that Silence KILLS!!! People EveryOne; sure We ALL NEED!!! Linear Time Before Conversing; but to Suggest We Must Be Silenced 🤔 ? I AM Keeping Quiet NOW!!! 😆😅😄😃😂😁😀😉😊





  9. Unfortunately, it can, which I had witnessed it so many times, in my own case, as in cases of many other people that I know. This has become a world of pure greed and quest for money and other material things, pure modern despotism. This is why I gave up my last job in a search for a higher meaning of my life, ’cause I no longer can find satisfaction working as a slave in this corrupted human society…

  10. Beautifully written✨ You made a lot of valid points. I have gained a new perspective on “work” after living a life that the end goal is to “work”. If I have a decent paying job and I can do exciting things in life- I’ve “made it”. Unfortunately, that is not the case- as you mentioned. The key is to have a QUALITY of life. You can have all of the money in the world and take the most lavish trips. It all means NOTHING if you hate what you do or how you “make a living”. Such a wonderful and honest post✨

  11. Oh am touch by this post. this blew me away. Thank you for taking the time to share these write up through these words.

    These words are painted in truth, experience and perspective. I especially love how you started it and how you ended the write up. Beautifully written and as I read through again on each line I was amazed . Each word you used are true and reflective of my personal encounter with people .

    This produced a smile on my tired face after a long day. You’re appreciated.

    You are welcome

    Peace ✌and Love ❤

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  13. Appreciating hover on job, the necessity of getting a job/employment for physically and mentally capable man, is good to win, at least, the daily living bread.

    But, it had been important mention the basic causes of unemployment. Off course there are several types of unemployment since man’s desire is unlimited.

    Even on basic employment they may not enable manage their earning properly, because of the price increase on consumptions. So that, it’s better use alternation that help reduce tax burdens, enhance public revenue and that never violate the birthrights of man. Therefore, taxing the common value of land and accordingly reduce and abolished tax is the only alternation. From this possible identify what causes depression.not the job itself.

  14. Great post Kamran, I think it’s a vicious circle! If we don’t work we become depressed with all the bills piling up, and we can become depressed in a job we might hate doing!

    What is worst, becoming depressed because we are financially broke, or becoming depressed because we are unhappy in our job? If you ask me our health is more important than both 😊👍

    • Thank you! You are right, you can become depressed with or without a job.

      Happiness at the end of the day is the be all and end all. As long as you are happy, that’s all that matters

      • Thank you for visiting my blog! I really hope you enjoyed what you saw, read and experienced by the number of posts you “liked”. I’ll see you around and we can encourage each other along the way!

  15. Io lavoro. Ho faticato molto per ottener il lavoro che faccio e non è stato facile. Però nel tempo ho capito che non è un ambiente che mi fa bene… mi ammalo spesso e sono cronicamente stanca; ci sono aspetti psicologici molto pesanti che caratterizzano il mio ambiente lavorativo e le soddisfazioni sono pressoché nulle. Il mio lavoro è stata un po’ una sconfitta per me. Idealmente parlando fare un lavoro che ti piace davvero ti porta a vivere come se non stessi realmente lavorando. E questo sarebbe il massimo, ovvero venire pagati per fare ciò che veramente ti interessa fare!!! Purtroppo non è il mio caso, non in questo momento, perlomeno.

  16. It all depends on your co-workers, I found. If you work with a crew that has a positive outlook and keeps each other’s spirit’s up, it can make the worst and hardest jobs easy and enjoyable. It also works the other way, you can have a dream job doing things that you like, but, if your boss or coworkers are miserable, it is very depressing. So, I conclude, it is the people you are around, and not the job itself. This is true physically as well; note how if you are working a job, let’s say, loading and unloading heavy bricks, and a coworker makes a funny joke, that the joy fills you with energy, and the bricks become lighter.

    • I agree with this most definitely. If your manager is a pain and does not care for you whatsoever, then your job is going to be stressful

    • Yeah most definitely, that’s the main factor in the link between a job and depression. If you hate your job, then of course you’re more likely to become depressed.

      That’s why I would always advise people to follow their passion in life

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