Too Much Education Can Lead to Depression

Too Much Education Can Lead to Depression
We’re taught we can reach all our happiness through a great education, leading us to a future of achieving work and comfortable salaries.

But what if we’re reaching for just the opposite?

A new study analyzed more than 16,000 employees in over 21 countries in Europe to find that those with an “overeducated” or overqualified background were at an increased risk of detrimental mental health problems, including depression.

Piet Bracke, a professor who contributed to the research, suggests that this linkage could be caused by individuals not challenged by their jobs and who are often unable to exercise the skills they acquired during their education. Another suggestion? A lack of job security and salary.

Individuals experiencing these symptoms can also be related to the lack of occupational positions available to them, contributing some shame to their status and title in the work force.

With the rise of cost in college education, many people are finding they are not making nearly enough money to pay off their student loans. With financial stress adding to the daunting emotional effects towards their work, it’s no wonder depression has become a factor in this decade.

“At the country level,” said Bracke, “If the number of people with university education continues to rise, and if there isn’t an equivalent upgrading of the labor market, it will deteriorate the mental health of the population.”

Written By: Annie Elizabeth Martin
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