Persistent depression: more workers, fewer executives …

Workers and employees, would be between 2 and 4 times more at risk of persistent depression than executives! Indeed, it shows that researchers from the INSERM, who come to demonstrate a direct relationship between socioeconomic status and this form of depression characterized by chronic or recurrent episodes.

Previous studies have already highlighted the relationship between the occurrence of depression and socioeconomic status of the patient. However a gray area, remained on the duration of the depression.

Researchers at INSERM 1018 Hôpital Paul Brousse, Villejuif, were therefore interested in the profile of 12 650 participants in the Gazel cohort, composed of employees of EDF / GDF followed since 1989 …. In the absence of symptoms to the persistence of depression, all participants were interviewed on the subject.

Result: the authors estimate that the trajectory of depression seems to “follow a socioeconomic gradient which depends on professional status. Workers who are in an intermediate or low socio-economic group would have up to 4.5 times greater risk of developing depression that lasts, in comparison with the representatives of the highest socio-professional categories. “

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