NY Times/CBS Poll: Unemployed Workers, Families Really, Really Depressed

But hey, it's not as if any of us can afford antidepressants, anyway! In the meantime, bankers are doing better than ever and Joe Lieberman has dec

But hey, it's not as if any of us can afford antidepressants, anyway!

In the meantime, bankers are doing better than ever and Joe Lieberman has decided that insurance companies are more important than you or your family. The Democrats haven't delivered on even one major promise and that light at the end of the tunnel sure does look like an oncoming train. Why wouldn't you be depressed?

More than half of the nation’s unemployed workers have borrowed money from friends or relatives since losing their jobs. An equal number have cut back on doctor visits or medical treatments because they are out of work.

Almost half have suffered from depression or anxiety. About 4 in 10 parents have noticed behavioral changes in their children that they attribute to their difficulties in finding work.

Joblessness has wreaked financial and emotional havoc on the lives of many of those out of work, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll of unemployed adults, causing major life changes, mental health issues and trouble maintaining even basic necessities.

The results of the poll, which surveyed 708 unemployed adults from Dec. 5 to Dec. 10 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points, help to lay bare the depth of the trauma experienced by millions across the country who are out of work as the jobless rate hovers at 10 percent and, in particular, as the ranks of the long-term unemployed soar.

Roughly half of the respondents described the recession as a hardship that had caused fundamental changes in their lives. Generally, those who have been out of work longer reported experiencing more acute financial and emotional effects.

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