Health Risks of Unemployment

For many decades, scientists have discovered the detrimental effects of unemployment to a person’s health. A person with a strong personality may get through it unnoticeably. A depressed unemployed person who is not aware of what it may do to one’s health will fall into serious illnesses brought about by depression.

Depression is perhaps the most common negative mental effect of unemployment. People with low self-esteem are not capable of handling the situation thinking it was their entire fault they lost a job or cannot find a job because they are not good enough. They wallow in self-pity and optimism is a word they do not embrace. When depressed, people resort to alcohol and unhealthy food, which will eventually affect parts of our body and require us in the end to take maintenance medicines.

Boredom is attributed to depression. The unemployed wake up and cannot seem to find ways to make their day work for them. They do not know what to do. There are no tasks to accomplish. There aren’t people around to work with them or for them. The day seems longer and there are no immediate reasons to get out of bed compared to when you have a job. You get lonely because you are all by yourself most of the time while the others are out at work. Because you do not have a job, you are more likely to be isolated from your former colleagues. Your social status is in a way affected, and so does your self-esteem.

Stress is also visible. When you are unlucky to have less supportive people around you, the stress of being yelled at for not getting a job right away is too much to bear. You are already fighting with the stress you are putting on yourself to get a job right away and then outside forces add up to those stress. It is challenging.

Clinical studies have proven the relationship between unemployment and mental illness. Anxiety, depression, and insomnia are some of the most common mental effects of unemployment.