Navigation Links
Recession Adds to Ranks of Americans With Depression
Date:10/8/2009

Being unemployed or underemployed puts mental health at risk, survey finds

THURSDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Unemployed Americans are four times more likely than those with jobs to report symptoms of severe mental illness, such as major depression, according to a new national survey that reveals the mental health toll of the recession.

The poll of 1,002 adults aged 18 and older also found that people with jobs who were forced to accept work changes, such as reduced hours or pay cuts, were twice as likely to have symptoms.

The findings were released to coincide with Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 4 to 10) and National Depression Screening Day (Oct. 8). The survey was conducted last month for Mental Health America, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Depression Is Real Coalition.

"This survey clearly shows that economic difficulties are placing the public's mental health at serious risk, and we need affirmative action to address these medical problems," David L. Shern, president and CEO of Mental Health America, said in a news release. "Individuals confronting these problems should seek help for their problems -- talk to their doctor, trusted friend or advisor or mental health professional."

"Unemployment today stands at almost 10 percent. Nationwide, we face a mental health crisis as well as an economic crisis," Michael J. Fitzpatrick, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, said in the news release.

Among the other survey findings:

  • 13 percent of unemployed people said they've had thoughts of harming themselves -- a rate four times higher than for those with full-time jobs.
  • Unemployed people are about six times more likely to have trouble meeting household expenses. Twenty-two percent said they have great difficulty paying their utilities, and nearly half said it's difficult for them to obtain health care, which further compounds their situation.
  • Respondents without jobs were twice as likely to report being concerned about their mental health or use of alcohol or drugs within the last six months. Among those who hadn't spoken to a health professional about these concerns, 42 percent said cost or lack of health insurance was the main reason.
  • Nearly 20 percent of respondents said they'd had to accept forced changes, such as reduced hours or pay cuts, during the last year. They were five times more likely to report feeling hopeless most or all of the time than people who hadn't experienced a forced change at work.

"There is no shame in seeking help to overcome unemployment or a medical illness. For the sake of all our loved ones, it's important to learn to recognize symptoms of depression and other mental illnesses. Screening helps. Talk with a doctor about any concerns," Fitzpatrick advised.

Major depression affects about 15 million U.S. adults (5 percent to 8 percent of the adult population) each year. Only half of people with major depression seek treatment, regardless of their economic or employment situation, the survey found.

More information

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers advice for getting through tough economic times.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Mental Health America, news release, Oct. 6, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Could the Recession Be Good for Your Health?
2. Recession Has Women Rethinking Childbearing
3. Partnership for Prescription Assistance Prepared to Help South Carolina Workers Hurt by Recession
4. Older Americans: How they are faring in the recession
5. Partnership for Prescription Assistance Prepared to Help Kentucky Workers Hurt by Recession
6. Partnership for Prescription Assistance Prepared To Help Virginia Workers Hurt by Recession
7. Thomson Reuters Study Finds Impact of Recession Easing on U.S. Hospitals
8. American Lung Association in Florida Joins Anti-Recession Campaign by Forming Strategic Alliance With www.i-am-anti-recession.com
9. Partnership for Prescription Assistance Prepared to Help New Jersey Workers Hurt by Recession
10. Plastic Surgeons Stay Busy in Recession
11. Post-Recession Incomes Will Be Hit Hard by Health Care Spending for Middle Class Working Families, PENN Analysis Shows
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... Dr. Alan I. Benvenisty, MD is dual ... City. He is known for his distinguished expertise and experience in the diagnosis and ... sub-specialty training in treating renovascular disease and aortic aneurysm . He is known ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... NucleusHealth ... interpretation, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance ... and secure cloud platform for medical image management. At the core is patented ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Dr. Manju R. Kejriwal, a leading Ohio dentist, is now ... a referral. Dr. Kejriwal understands the emotional and financial toll traditional orthodontics can take ... Patients no longer need to feel the esthetic effects of wires and brackets when ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... ... Policy Solutions is vehemently opposed to Donald Trump’s budget, “A New Foundation for ... that inspires fear, demonizes the poor, marginalizes underserved populations, undermines productivity, and destroys ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... ... Course II of the HP3 (High-Performance Periodontal Practice) continuing education (CE) series. As ... latest advancements in his field by attending numerous CE courses each year. His ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/9/2017)... , May 9, 2017  Semler Scientific, Inc. ... technology solutions to improve the clinical effectiveness and ... for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. ... enable our customers to identify when preventive care ... before events like heart attacks or strokes occur," ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... --  Provista , a proven leader in the supply chain ... Jim Cunniff as the company,s new president and ... to Provista, including most recently serving as the president and ... . He assumed his new role with Provista on May ... Provista," says Jody Hatcher , president, Sourcing and Collaboration ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... MONTREAL , May 4, 2017  Fortuna Fix Inc. (" ... aiming to be the first to eliminate the need for ... autologous cells to treat neurodegenerative diseases. Fortuna ... ("SAB") with Professor Michael Fehlings , MD, PhD; Father ... Hack , MD, MPH; and Professor James Giordano , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: