Recession linked to increased anxiety, mental health concernsBy Health News Team • Apr 9th, 2009 • Category: Stress, True Health News
Many Americans are taking the weakening economy to heart, and increasingly mind, and evidence is pointing to a rise in anxiety among those who worry that they might be the next victims of the worst recession since the Great Depression.
According to a New York Times report, people are increasingly taking advantage of therapy sessions, and a psychiatrist in Manhattan, Daniel A. Cohen said he’s finding "more families in crisis," as a result of the economic downturn.
Those aren’t isolated occurrences when one considers that the American Psychological Association found that 80 percent of Americans said the economy was a "source of stress," and half were concerned about basic provisions for their family, in a survey conducted prior to the major bailouts that began last fall.
Those looking for relief may find that some herbal supplements may allow them to rest easier and ease depressive symptoms that may come from recession-based anxiety.
German researchers found that St. John’s Wort, a common herbal supplement, was as effective as prescription antidepressants in reducing symptoms while limiting some adverse effects as well.