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Psychoanalysts' Poll on the Economy

For Immediate Release
May 26, 2009

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In spite of upward turns of the economy, patients still experiencing anxiety and depressions according to the American Psychoanalytic Association Poll

New York, NY- According to new poll by the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), 84 percent of analysts say their patients are experiencing anxiety and depression due to the economy. Even with the recent signs of an economic turnaround, 74 percent of those analysts are not seeing a decline in their patients’ worry or sadness.

"The reverberation of this anxiety is felt by individuals, families and our children. Economic turn around is only the beginning of an emotional one," remarked APsaA President Prudy Gourguechon, M.D.

Anxiety brought on by the change in the economic climate just doesn't seem to go away that quickly.

Once people have experienced such a trauma such as the loss of a job or clear the threat of such a loss, they don’t typically bounce back immediately. There are no quick fixes, even if employment is regained. Adding to the trauma, the uncertainty of the future- not knowing when or how the economy will further improve-- and the situation is even more challenging. Acknowledging one's reactions and talking through related feelings and thoughts creates better means of coping and managing stress through this difficult time and uncertainty.

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