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Unemployment’s ugly face

Many families are now being hit by unemployment in this country. My heart goes out to them. I have been unemployed before, and I know what a huge impact it has not only in an individual’s mental state but on his or her whole family.

Losing your job is like losing your ground, your base, your lifelihood, your safety net, your sense of self worth. The impact of a job loss in someone’s mental health is devastating. You go through phases, similar to a relationship break up: shock, a certain relief (“Well, I really did not like this or that about my job”, “I can now relax at home for a few days”, “I will have time to go on that hike, to clean my garage, to work out, etc”), despair (when time goes by and there is no viable job opening in the horizon), depression (“why me?”, “people less smart than me are working!”), fear (“How am I going to survive?”, “How will I pay my bills”, “Will I have to move to my parent’s house at my age??”, “What happens if I get sick” and so on and so forth”).

Unemployment causes family fractures, as many people get so depressed by the lack of opportunities that they start abusing alcohol or drugs. Marriages succumb under the lack of money and stability.

Many people only find work in jobs that are well beneath their training and education, and have to adjust to a totally different lifestyle. A few manage to find work in their field (nurses and contract specialists do not cry for jobs!) but the majoity still takes a loss-in status, in pay, in benefits and in opportunity for growth. A few lucky ones revert the bad times to start a new career or a new business-successfully, but they are the minority. The truth is that unemployment is one of the most cruel things that can happen to an adult (unless he/she is a bum who LIKES the idea of sitting on the couch watching TV all day :)).

I have hope that Obama will somehow get his stimilus package approved and somehow this insidious social disease will be halted from spreading.


January 8, 2009 - Posted by | Economy

1 Comment »

  1. America is heading the way of Japan. Japan was the exact same way. And you should see how those guys are living now. No more excess. No more debt. We need to liberate ourselves.

    Comment by RamonB | March 2, 2011 | Reply

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