With current unemployment rates at 9.6%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment is still a large problem in the US. While one will often hear statistics concerning how unemployment affects the economy, both local and nationally and how it also is putting a drain on local charities, we often overlook the effects of unemployment on the unemployed individual.
For many, a job provides more than something to do through the day, it gives a feeling of self-worth. Add in the constant rejection (and many times lack of replies) that one inevitably goes through while searching for work, financial fears and a whole host of other worries and it's easy to see how people can spiral down into depression. Unemployment Depression.com states that "unemployment depression is a serious problem that throws you into a cycle of defeat".
To all the (un)happily working people out there who are wondering "I've got a job, how does this affect me?", realize that with an unemployment rate at almost 10% nationwide, chances are that you know someone that's unemployed. Some of those people may be suffering from depression and not showing it outwardly. Understanding their current situation will help you be that good friend with a shoulder to lean on.
For those of you actively searching for work, take a bit of time, step back and look at yourself and how you're feeling. You may actually be depressed and not realize it. Even if you're not feeling down, it might be a good idea to understand a problem that you may be facing in the future and begin to combat depression before it even starts.
In either case, the following links will guide you to resources to help recognize and defeat unemployment depression.