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Recession and Depression–Coping Skills You May Need

by Rita Duponty

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Is there a link between the economic recession and depression?  Yes.  Researchers indicated a rise in suicide in the United States between 2008 and 2010. (See Increase Seen in U.S. Suicide Rate Since Recession) The rate of suicide increased four times faster than previous years before our recent economic downturn.  Similar findings were also found in some European countries.

No matter what country you live in though, losing your job in today’s economy is challenging. For some people losing their job is not just an uncomfortable bumpy ride but an airplane crash.  How are you coping if you are recently unemployed or been off work now for a few years? Another scenario– if you are still employed, how would you deal with the loss of your current job?

Do not plunge into panic and despair.  Recession and depression do not have to be twins walking hand in hand.  Here are some suggestions to help you cope through this phase of your life:

You can implement one or all of these things into your lifestyle.   A little tweaking here and there can make a real difference in your coping with unemployment.  However, seek professional assistance if your depression worsens. There is a difference between an occasional day of depression and serious depression.  Let a professional determine what you may need.

So whether you have been unemployed recently or it’s been a few years, you can cope knowing you have the skills to do it.  Now is the time to actually develop new life skills and focus on the more important things in your life while you have that extra time.  Count your blessings—not your problems.  Recession does not have to equal depression.

You can find more tips for the unemployed at The Every Day Life of the
Unemployed.

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