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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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poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 8 years
but in even more serious, dad never told me when we were in hot water, he always looks ahead for these things. he came from a developing country and worked his butt off for me and my siblings and still has the insight to know what to do. he was good at what he did and once lost his job for making too much money, and a little while later the stock market didnt work out as well as it was. he is now caring for indigent patients at a health center in town because he loves to help people. but we got close to losing some things, moms practice not so hot, things falling through. im now 18 and he tells me things. he can now tell me things like "we'll be alright for the next 2 years, but if this building doesnt get sold, im not sure. but we will figure it out" etc. and i wish he had taught me more of this insight, or i one day "get" it. because living like a not jewish version of the jap, is not real life. and im screwed when i get to real life. but then again, not. because of the insight and planning of my father. end.
poizenisxkandee poizenisxkandee 8 years
yes and no. teens may not have their own money and crap to worry about, but they do worry about their family. i on the other hand LOVE the recession. everything is always cheap now. i remember post christmas sales were still happening to the weeks and weeks after, and i got to go to the mall and enjoy it at least 2 or 3 times a week.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I give my parents credit for my childhood innocence. I had no idea we went through bankruptcy, eviction, or had any monetary concerns whatsoever.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Sure I buy it especially as they say the more affluent the life style you were use to the harder the fall. Obviously a child isn't going to know what it's like to loose a job but all of the peripheral effects that trickle down from their parents losing their job has quite an acute effect upon the entire family financially, emotionally and in some cases health.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
Do I buy it? Not in the least. ...well, perhaps in very choice circumstances, but then I'm sure there's another name for it.
stephley stephley 8 years
Oy dm, I would hate your job right now! Good luck to you.
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
I'm a victim of recession anxiety! Except I'm an adult working in the staffing industry - little bit stressful with employees coming out the wazoo and no work for them to do. heh, I rhymed.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
:rotfl: I think I would have said something like this to my mom....LOL...
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
My baby brother has it. He's 17. He's constantly worried about my parents and their financial stability. He's not acting out, but I can understand that there would be some legitimate cases of this.
stephley stephley 8 years
That is what I like about it!
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Steph- your avatar looks dirty to me, like Obama is speaking sweet nothings into Biden's ear. :rotfl:
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
LOL I don't think it's a reason to act out, but I have recession anxiety... sometimes I can't sleep when I think about all of the times Obama has said imminent disaster, worst disaster we have ever seen etc.... scares the crap out of me.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"That's American teens' latest reason for acting out in school and being stressed out." That's the reason being given. Not necessarily the reason they act out.
stephley stephley 8 years
A couple of my kid's classmates already have seen big and sudden changes because of the recession - a layoff, cutback in hours. One child changed schools last month because of money issues. My daughter was disturbed by a local family murder-suicide that news reports said was triggered by a layoff. It's on kids' minds and they're at the mercy of the economic crisis more than adults. A teenager willing to work right now probably won't find a job, the competition for scholarships & school aid is getting more intense just as many kids thought they'd be getting ready for college. Fundraising for the 8th grade trip to DC has been dismal for the first time in memory. I'm sure some kids are spoiled rotten and angry because they're being cut off, but that doesn't mean the situation isn't having a deeper impact. If you can't get me an iPhone today, should I worry that next month you won't be able to keep me in a home?
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
sounds like for teens "recession anxiety" = "spoiled rotten and not getting everything they want anymore"
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