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As economy tanks, mental health issues rise


How do we know that the economic downturn is affecting the mental health of people in our communities? There is no formal data on the number of Americans who are now seeking mental health assistance during this recession.

What we do know is there is a significant rise in unprecedented numbers of referrals that are being reported by psychologists.

Mental health professionals call it “collateral damage stemming from the present economic situation.” Clinical psychologists are reporting that more than 75 percent of their patients want to discuss their dismal circumstances and bad feelings due to the economy.

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