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The economy & your mental health

October 9, 2008 9:30:34 AM PDT
The nation's economy isn't just taking a toll our wallets. It's also hurting Americans' mental health.

According to a new survey by the American Psychological Association, almost half of Americans say they're increasingly stressed about meeting the needs of their family. Eight out of ten people blame the economy.

Baby boomers and seniors are most likely to worry about the declining economy. And women are more stressed than men about money, job stability and housing costs. "Women are the barometers of the family, " said Dr. Lauren Strobeck of the Belmont Center, adding, "They tend to feel things and be more in touch with their feelings than men are."

The best thing to do is to talk about your feelings with someone you trust. Dr. Strobeck said not to hide your feelings.

If you feel your anxiety is affecting your daily life,you should talk with a professional. This Friday is National Depression Screening Day.

There are testing sites in our area. It's free and anonymous. There's also an online screening tool.

For site centers or the online tool, visit: National Depression Screening Day


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