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Wellbeing: Recession depression

12 February 2009

Wellbeing: Recession depression


Sally O'Reilly looks at the increasing evidence linking the economic downturn to workplace stress and mental ill health.

Prime minister Gordon Brown may have made a "slip of the tongue", according to his spokesman, when he recently referred to the recession as a "depression", but there is no confusion about the association between economic problems and poor mental health.

An increasing number of studies are linking the recession to ill health - particularly anxiety, heart disease and stress. For example, academics at the University of North Texas have found that three to five years after periods of job loss and financial insecurity, there was a marked increase in the number of heart attacks.

Meanwhile, researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine report that surveys following the break-up of the Soviet Union showed that the regions with the highest rate of job loss also had the highest death rates.

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