Reuters is running a story on the Obama administration’s new federally subsidized counseling services/referrals for those suffering from depression related to the economy. As usual, the government’s prescription for pain is…more government. The economic psychology guide was developed with help from the Departments of Labor, HUD, Treasury, and GSA.
From the SAMHSA.gov website:
Economic turmoil (e.g., increased unemployment, foreclosures, loss of investments and other financial distress) can result in a whole host of negative health effects – both physical and mental. It can be particularly devastating to your emotional and mental well-being. Although each of us is affected differently by economic troubles, these problems can add tremendous stress, which in turn can substantially increase the risk for developing such problems as:
Compulsive Behaviors (over-eating, excessive gambling, spending, etc.)
It is important to be aware of signs that financial problems may be adversely affecting your emotional or mental well being –or that of someone you care about. These signs include:
Lack of Sleep/Constant Fatigue
Illicit drug use, including misuse of medications
Difficulty paying attention or staying focused
Apathy – not caring about things that are usually important to you
Not being able to function as well at work, school or home
Well, yeah, I’ve been pretty damned irritable — from paying for the bazillion-dollar bailout bonanza, porkulus, TARP crap, GIVE/SERVE Trojan Horse, S-CHIP health care Trojan Horse, etc. etc. etc.
Generational Theft makes me cry:
Photo credit: Jane Q Republican
Fortunately, you don’t need to lie on the couch. You can get up and join your fellow citizens in the Tea Party movement!
Anti-pork, anti-spending binge activism is the best medicine.