An article in the Baltimore Sun dated May 31, 2010, highlighted the story of Deanna Ross as an example of the psychological toll of the recession.

Deanna had been employed as a regional field worker at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) training people who had just lost their jobs and other people how to form support groups to  help them cope with mental illness.

Then Deanna herself became a victim of the recession when she became unemployed.It is difficult for Deanna to find another job not just because of the recession, but also because she has bipolar disorder.She is just one of the many unemployed people who are suffering psychological stress due to the recession and loss of their jobs.

According to this article, these laid-off workers are having trouble adjusting to the displacement, both financially and emotionally, while those who survived layoffs are left to cope with survivor's guilt, lack of motivation, more work, and job insecurity, according to mental health workers and workplace consultants.

That, in turn, has had implications for health care providers, since both hospitals and counselors are straining under an overwhelming caseload as people suffering from job-related stress and anxiety seek help.

Often, people who do seek help are then unable to pay their bills because they lose their jobs, income, and/or health insurance.

"For many American workers, this financial stress, uncertainty and anxiety can be significant, and it's important that they have places to turn for guidance and support," said Dan McCarthy, chief clinical officer at Magellan Health Services, which specializes in managing mental health benefits.

Magellan found that its employee assistance programs, or EAPs, have increased in usage by 10 percent nationally last year through the first quarter of this year. They found that more people were calling with money and legal concerns, with troubles related to management of debt, foreclosure, mortgage refinancing, and loss of job.

For Deanna, the anxiety is almost crushing. This mother of five has consistently worked during her lifetime, while still managing her bipolar disorder.

"I am concerned about being on the street — that's my gut feeling," she said. "I'm concerned that my family won't have what we need. We're just barely hanging on."