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When Recession (Economic) Increases Depression (and Other Mental Illness)

Dr. Eun Jung Suh is a Clinical Psychologist
August 20, 2008

-- In a Gallup poll in March, the economy tied with health care as the country’s top “worry.” And this month, 83 percent of Americans said they had a negative view of the economy, an increase of more than 20 points since the beginning of the year.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Eun Jung Suh, of Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, says her patients, both rich and poor, are talking more and more about the recession.

According to Dr. Suh, "Every day they’re going into work, and seeing their colleagues, not just one or two, either laid off, fired or quit. And so, they’re always walking on eggshells, wondering when it’s going to happen to them and feeling extremely stressed and insecure."

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