Feeling Down? How To Beat Recession Depression

11/10/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Listen in at a coffee shop, stop a stranger on the street or strike up a conversation at the bus stop and you'll likely hear a story like Marie Moore's.

Struggling to pay her bills and concerned about her husband's prolonged unemployment, the 31-year-old human resources assistant said the recession is taking an emotional toll.

"I stay up worrying and not being able to sleep very well, I'm constantly thinking," Moore told "He kind of tends to shut down a bit and sleep a lot."

The Moores' story is not unusual. The couple moved from Harrisburg, Pa., to Danville, Pa., during the summer for a job opportunity, but Moore's husband was laid off shortly thereafter when his employer restructured. Today, the former general manager of a banquet facility finds himself in a situation he's never faced before as he waits tables and looks for work.

"I try not to skip my credit card bills, but the electric right now is three months' late. The telephone is two months' late," Moore said.

When Mental Health Plummets With the Stock Market

With the stock market plunging and Americans losing their homes and jobs, it's no surprise that mental health can take a nose-dive as well. In tough economic times, hopelessness and depression can encroach on our energy and optimism.

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