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Monday, July 2, 2012

The stress of underemployment is changing America


The New York Times reports that stress may be killing Americans, particurally those who are unemployed or underemployed. In other words this recession could be deadly. In a related story they report on the emotional impact of joblessness; the loss of income was just the beginning of the trauma. Large portions of the unemployed talked about feeling ashamed and depressed, and full of fear that they won't be able to hold their place on the economic ladder. NPR features the author of both stories, Micael Luo, about his experiences and his observations on today's "Tell Me More."

First published December 16, 2009

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Stress does have a health effect on the body, from things like ulcers to high blood pressure. An elevated amount of stress reduces the effectiveness of the immune system making this a valid concern. There is also a study that says children born during times of stress are more susceptible to various mental disorders and diseases.