One of my very favorite blogs is Betsy Lerner's.
On my daily fave blog recon today I saw this post, in which Betsy expounds on an article which rates writing (and they lump entertainer and artist in there as well) as one of the ten most depression-inducing jobs.
My husband's profession (teacher) made the cut, as did my daughter's (social work). Egad, thank God for pharmies.
Here's what the article in Health.com says about our ilk, specifically:
These jobs can bring irregular paychecks, uncertain hours, and isolation.But that was before Twitter took the "i" out of isolation, yeah? Y'all have anything to add?
Creative people may also have higher rates of mood disorders; about 9% reported an episode of major depression in the previous year.
In men, it’s the job category most likely to be associated with an episode of major depression (nearly 7% in full-time workers).
“One thing I see a lot in entertainers and artists is bipolar illness,” says Legge. “There could be undiagnosed or untreated mood disorders in people who are artistic…. Depression is not uncommon to those who are drawn to work in the arts, and then the lifestyle contributes to it.”