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U.S. is Truly in an Economic Recession

Americans are Worried that the U.S. is Truly in an Economic Recession

A recent Gallop poll reports that 79% of "purple state" consumers believe the economy is getting worse and 42% rate it as "poor." The very real financial crunch they are feeling can be blamed on the rising costs for gasoline, food, health care or housing. According to CEO Robert Shostak, those caught in this financial crisis are being subjected to excessive worry about their job security, children's future, health costs, unpaid bills, and strained relationships.

Mental health experts have always been in agreement that excessive worry can lead to ANXIETY, which they claim is the most frequently made complaint to mental health practitioners. And there is no question that today average Americans are worrying more and more about finances. Ryan Keith, a reporter for the Peoria Journal Star, cites recent statistics that show "the number of people eligible for jobs grew slightly (in Illinois) while the number of people out of work grew significantly." Shostak said, "More and more people, worried about how they will get through these difficult times, will be searching for ways to help themselves, and my website will provide them the opportunity to find that help."

The Worry Bird site provides a safe, non-threatening, self-help environment where people whose lives are disrupted by excessive worry can join a community dedicated to providing mutual support. The site provides the tools and resources that allow individuals or small groups to share their personal experiences and concerns as a way to help relieve them from the burden of excessive worry. Asked why he chose to name his site WorryBird, Shostak replied, "The motivation to create this site came from two sources: the first, from my lengthy university career in teacher education and training as a family therapist. The second, came from my younger brother, Jerry, whose antics as a young boy could cause our mother considerable concern. His attempt at soothing her nerves was an innocent suggestion that what she really needed was a worry bird."


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