Poll Reveals Trauma of Joblessness

Losing a job in today’s economy means more than just cutting back on necessities and struggling to make financial ends meet. According to a just released New York Times – CBS survey, the toll includes widespread depression, anxiety and insomnia in the ranks of unemployed workers.

The poll examines the emotional trauma that spreads beyond the nearly 30 million Americans who are unemployed or underemployed to some degree. Four in 10 unemployed workers described behavioral changes in their children. Many say they are unable to afford treatment for serious mental health conditions, including panic attacks.

According to the poll, unemployed Americans are divided over what the future holds for the job market: 39 percent anticipate improvement, 36 percent expect it will stay the same and 22 percent say it will get worse.