Mental Health AmericaOffers Tips on Reducing Anxiety over Economic Bad News
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Record numbers of homes are in foreclosure, stock prices are hitting all-time lows, savings are rapidly dwindling, and the cost of living is rising. Are American families feeling the strain? The answer is yes according to the latest AP/Yahoo poll. The number of people who say they are personally happy is at 59 percent, down from 70 percent in September. A third of those polled said they're worried about losing their jobs. Half fear that they will be unable to keep up with mortgage payments and credit card bills. And 70 percent said they're anxious that the value of their stocks and retirement benefits is down.
"Protecting and strengthening our 'mental health' couldn't be more important given the stressful times we live in," said David L. Shern, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America. "Mental wellness allows one to cope and deal well with daily life and the challenges it brings -- at home, work and in life."
Celebrating its 100-Year anniversary in 2009, Mental Health America offers these simple steps to help families cope with anxiety over tough economic times.
According to Mental Health America, anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses in America; more than 40 million are affected by these debilitating illnesses each year. One of the most common is Generalized Anxiety Disorder, also known as GAD, which is marked by chronic, exaggerated worry about everyday routine life events and activities. Symptoms lasting at least six months can include fatigue, trembling, muscle tension, headache, or nausea. For those experiencing GAD, help is available. For more information or referrals to local services, visit our online Frequently Asked Questions section at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/faqs, contact Mental Health America, or contact your local Mental Health America affiliate.
About Mental Health America:
Celebrating 100 years of mental health advocacy, Mental Health America is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 300 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation -- everyday and in times of crisis. In 2009, we will mark a century of achievement with a year-long Centennial Observance: "Celebrating the Legacy, Forging the Future."
|SOURCE Mental Health America|
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