A GoodTherapy.org News Update
Times have been harrowing for professionals in nearly every field of late. As the unemployment rate rises and media attention to the recession shows no signs of taking a break, workers are finding themselves thrust into a financially unhappy situation at larger numbers every day. It’s perfectly understandable that those laid off from their jobs are susceptible to depression, anxiety, and general feelings of woe, especially in cases of lost retirements and difficulty in securing new employment. Yet those who still retain their positions may suffer too — albeit, for slightly different reasons.
An article recently published in Newsweek follows the tales of a handful of professionals in various disciplines who have kept their jobs amidst the breaking waves of layoffs. From small business owners to academics and regular salaried employees, these people have related that social complications arising from their status have caused a significant amount of anxiety and concern, despite a lack of dire financial circumstances. Specifically, the employed report that interactions with those friends and family members who have been laid off or are feeling the crunch of the crisis particularly hard have become somewhat strained, as those with work and a clean worry slate end up feeling guilty in the face of their loved ones’ woes.
Of course, not all the strain stems from purely social sources. A study conducted last month by researchers with Cambridge University investigated the plight of the layoff survivors. Assessing the mental and psychological well-being of a number of subjects who worked for companies that had performed rounds of layoffs but had kept the subjects themselves, the study discovered that job-keepers suffered symptoms of anxiety and related disorders to a more severe degree than did those who were laid off. Clearly, as the economic slump progresses, care and meaningful interaction, including supportive psychotherapy, can be considered for everyone truly affected, rather than just the overt victims of the crisis.
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