Posted by Sarah Clark
Sixty-two percent of Americans described themselves as either "struggling" or "suffering" due to economic fears according to a new Gallup poll. Debt depression is a new term that has arisen in the financial crises.
The World Health Organization has issued a warning that the global financial crisis will lead to an increase in mental health problems, including suicides, as people struggle to deal with poverty and unemployment. The health consequences of all this stress? Nearly half of Americans admit they're overeating to cope, and nearly a fifth are drinking and smoking more. The survey also found anger, depression, headaches, and insomnia on the rise.
Fighting Recession Depression
Depression is a mood disorder that lasts for a period of at least 2 weeks. Moods are often described as depressed, sad, hopeless, discouraged, or down in the dumps. It is not unusual to experience depression when dealing with a loss, such as losing one's job.
Family or friends may notice social withdrawal or neglect of enjoyable activities. The severity of depression may be determined by the symptoms present. For instance, there may be some impairment in social or occupational functioning in mild cases. In extreme cases, one may be unable to perform minimal self-care or maintain personal hygiene.
Some symptoms of depression: (not all of these symptoms need to occur for depression to exist)
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