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Teens Suffering From Recession Anxiety — Do You Buy It?

"Mom, I have recession anxiety." That's American teens' latest reason for acting out in school and being stressed out.

A Manhattan psychiatrist told the New York Times that more children are experiencing signs of anxiety and depression. And the mother of 16-year-old Joshua, who has been asked to leave school for his behavior, explained that her son had “gotten more depressed and stressed” since “the recession and that stuff started.” Maybe it's time to start calling this a depression.

The Times reports that the newly coined disorder — "recession anxiety" — is hitting the general population, old and young. And overall, the anxiety affects people who are better off, because their identities are more tied to their finances. Many people also seek medication, instead of therapy.

Do you think the economy is causing people to be clinically anxious, or are we using the newest trend to explain old problems?


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