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Economic Woes Add to Winter Blues, Mental Health Concerns
Date:2/17/2009

The National Council for Community and Behavioral Healthcare -- a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) association representing 1,300 organizations nationwide -- has been tracking increases in the number of new patients being admitted to mental health centers for symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 17, 2009 -- Last month economists finally confirmed something many people already knew; the U.S. economy has been in a recession since December 2007.

The ongoing financial crisis may be causing additional stress and anxiety during the winter months when frigid temperatures, long periods of darkness and the after effects of stress-inducing holidays can lead people to feel profound sadness. Additionally, with the record number of Americans who are losing their jobs each month, it is hard for anyone to feel secure. These factors combined with the uncertainty of government leaders about how long the crisis will last - or what it will take to turn the economy around - can only exacerbate people's feelings of uneasiness.

Sometimes referred to as the "winter blues," people's deepening feelings of anxiousness can often spread to the entire family. Marital fights flare up as spouses argue about overdue holiday bills and couples ask themselves "What do we do now?" Hearing parents argue and sensing family tension can trigger mental health disorders in children.

A recent poll conducted by the American Psychological Association found that almost half of all adults said they are increasingly stressed about their ability to provide for their family's
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