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Therapists busy with economy woes

By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

October 21, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - We may not be in a recession but to some, it sure does feel like it.

People in South Georgia and everywhere are dealing with foreclosures, job loss and watching the nest eggs crumble in the stock market.

If you keep a close eye on the economy, it's hard to keep your blood pressure from spiking every time the stock market takes a dive.  The shell-shocked are now turning to therapist to help them cope

"Nine times out of ten right now, it's finances, worrying about my future, my children, bank accounts and those types of things," says Therapist Wendy Vandemark.

She works at Therapy Center of Valdosta.  The business opened it's doors at the beginning of the month, just before the stock market plummeted by 18 percent. 

She's definitely been feeling the effects.  "Its more the acceptation not to hear about the economy and someone's finances then it is to hear about it."

She listens to it all. Middle class workers trying to make ends meet, people struggling to pay bills and employees just laid off of well-paying jobs.  Then helps them develop a plan.

"A lot of people have had to really scale back, change their lifestyles and change their way of thinking of things and that's stressful because a change of life," Vandemark says.

And reminds them that it's usually not as bad as it appears.

"Look at the best case scenario and the worse case scenario and things are usually in the middle of what people hypothesize."

Simple steps that can help people stabilize their stress and finances as the government works to stabilize the economy.

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