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Why Managers Are More Likely to Be Depressed

You’ve taken the leap from front-line individual contributor to professional manager. How do you feel? Proud? Excited? How about depressed?

The last emotion might strike you as odd, but it’s not unlikely. According to a new study, middle managers are the most likely people in an organization to suffer from depression. The study, led by Seth Prins, a doctoral student at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, was recently published online in Sociology of Health & Illness. The researchers examined more than 20,000 full-time workers across a variety of roles. For their sample, they utilized 2001-2002 National Epidemiologic Survey of Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESRAC), and narrowed that down to a set of 21,859 full-time employees. The researchers then segmented those individuals into four categories: owners, managers, supervisors, and workers.

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