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Economic Downturn Increases Demand for Psychological Services

September 26, 2008

In the United States the economic crisis is leading to more peopel seeking psychological help. I’m sure there must be a similar trend in the UK.

Economic Downturn Increases Demand for Psychological Services | Blogging on Good Therapy.

The economic downturn has lead to a spike in the demand for psychological crisis services, according to several sources.

In New York, calls to Hopeline, a telephone crisis service for people experiencing severe depression increased by about 75 percent between the summer of 2007 and the summer of 2008. Hopeline received a record 10,368 in July of this year, and expects a continued climb as the economy worsens and financial stressors – and the incumbent potential damage to self-esteem, hopefulness, relaxation, and other areas of ego strength and functionality – increase nationwide.

A poll conducted this past spring by the American Psychological Association found that 75% of Americans report stress due to financial problems. A similar poll one year ago put the number at half of the respondents, who said financial stress is hurting their professional and personal lives.
“We’re reached a tipping point where anxiety about the economy is pervasive,” said Dan Abrahamson, an executive at APA. The stresses and anxieties are there all the time; you can’t get them out of your mind.”

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