The Link Between Unemployment or Career Instability & Mental Health

The Link Between Unemployment and Mental Health
As a result of coronavirus, millions of people have found themselves suddenly unemployed. These people are experiencing stress and anxiety about what their future will look like due to the economy. Will their job be there when things return to normal? If not, will they be able to get a new job? For those who are still employed, they are also feeling the pressure of career instability. 
This is a devastating time for so many people. Jobs for most Americans are often more than just a way to put food on the table. They provide structure, purpose and meaning to our lives. Jobs influence how we see ourselves and are a social outlet. To suddenly find yourself unemployed can leave you feeling hurt, angry and depressed. 
Studies have already shown that unemployed is linked to a greater risk of depression and anxiety. People who lose their jobs are twice as likely to report depression and anxiety symptoms than those with stable employment. It now becomes a very important time to pay attention to mental health issues amongst this population. 
For those who have found themselves in a situation where they are suddenly unemployed, it is normal to experience the following thoughts and feelings:
    • A loss of identity or a sense of purpose
    • Unappreciated as you may no longer feel essential
    • Angry or jealous of other who are still working
    • Lost because you may not know what to do next
    • Worried about how you will take care of yourself or family
It is when these thoughts and feelings start negatively affecting the day-to-day, that questions should be raised whether a person is exhibiting symptoms of depression or anxiety. Some of the signs that should be looked are for are:
    • Intense sadness that lasts longer than a few days
    • Changes in your eating and sleeping patterns
    • Feeling fatigued or lacking energy
    • Feeling worthless, guilty or hopeless
    • Excessive worrying
    • Feeling agitated
    • Difficult concentrating
    • Feeling irritable
These signs and symptoms are not all inclusive and someone could experience both depression and anxiety at the same time. If there is any question about a persons mental health, they should contact a professional in order to receive the proper diagnosis. With the diagnosis, a proper treatment plan can be implemented to help alleviate the symptoms being experienced. The treatment options can include anything from therapy, medication, ketamine infusions and holistic options. The end goal is to help someone suffering from a mental health issue get their life back. 

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