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Unemployment Havoc

Submitted by on May 16, 2009 – 10:45 amNo Comment

There are two disastrous earthquakes making the most hazardous havoc on the earth right now: Swine Flu and Unemployment.

Swine Flu is attracting people gradually and the individuals have got some precautions to save their own self but the unemployment havoc is totally unstoppable from the individual level. The evident to this statement can be referred as the latest report of the U.S. Labor Department; half a million jobs were lost just last month. That is in April alone.

It’s a heart breaking figure as people like me; you must be facing the havoc of debt trap and also the unemployment dragon. The stress and gradual depression may cause the harsh effect on health. Mind and heart the worse affected tools by unemployment.

What isn’t really a surprise is that being unemployed can impact your health. If you’ve been fired or laid off or even loved someone who is out of work, you already know how the stress of leaving a job, finding a new job, and dealing with finances manifests in your body.

I can’t read only the news but also can read the faces of the unemployed people as I had felt the same pinch and pain in the initial phase of my life of unemployment. During some of my own darkest days in the year I was woefully, irritatingly unemployed. I was applying for jobs I desperately wanted and taking temp work I was completely overqualified for just to make ends meet and to force me to get out of bed. It was far from the best of times, and feeling the symptoms of depression did not make it easier to put on my best smiley face for interviews. Somehow, it all worked out and I am thankful for that.

But the same can’t be assumed for all of my friends. When I read the news, I can see the young and charming faces turning out with   slow build of exhaustion, colds and allergies, frustration and lack of interest, skin iciness and weight gain.

It’s not a hidden adjustment as in accounts that the unemployment and health have a close link. No scientific research or certificate is needed to prove my statement. They both are so much interrelated that some times it becomes difficult to decide which scene happens first?

A newly released study of employment and health data is answering the question of whether poor health could make a person more likely to be dismissed from a job, or whether health conditions are triggered by getting fired or laid off.

A researcher at Harvard School of Public Health analyzed more than 8,000 people surveyed in 1999, 2001, and 2003, specifically studying people who lost their jobs for reasons unrelated to their health.

What she found is fascinating and also concerning. The people surveyed who were not at fault for losing their jobs and suffered due to a branch closing or cut-backs in a department were twice as likely to develop a serious health condition over the next 18 months as those people who retained their positions. Some of the medical issues include high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.

Even if the unemployed participants found new work within that year-and-a-half time period, they still had an increased likelihood of developing a new health issue.

It’s a panic situation. If some one asks you to visit a hospital as a visitor and as a patient is so different cases, same way, searching for a likely job and searching as an unemployed has drastic difference in pain and stress.  Who ever want to wear anything again but a ratty pair of yoga pants and your slippers is one thing, but a condition or disease that could be chronic or require medication is really startling, don’t you think? It’s even more frightening to factor in that people who are unemployed, particularly for a long period of time, might not have health insurance at all, might not have adequate coverage, or might not seek medical attention as quickly or regularly as they might if they had a steady paycheck.

It was also noted by David Williams, another professor at Harvard School of Public Health and director of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America, that stress causes physiological changes and can impact how well we take care of ourselves.

We are more likely to eat more, drink more, smoke more, and exercise less when our stress is upped, he said.

Dr. Williams also has a warning that I think we all need to pay close attention to as we measure the economy. I personally think that means employees, administrators, bosses, and doctors, all of us.

“There is a lot of focus on the economic downturn, but there is not much attention being paid to the health consequences of the downturn. This study shows that it does not take a long sustained period of unemployment to see health effects,”

he said.

Even I feel that the stimulus packages are not proving string enough for the unemployment problem then, how would they work for the health problem? Don’t you think the half million unemployed of April are definitely the Government problem, but the health of these half million is a matter of our concern also. Let’s fight with the unemployment and the consequent health havoc together. It’s a demand of time.

Has unemployment made you stressed, depressed or even any of the other health problem? Let us know.

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