Distress of Nations with Perplexity - Economic Panic

Luke 21

25. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26. Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

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With market failures more apparent, such as the freezing up of inter-bank lending, the world economy cries out for effective government intervention to halt ...

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Bloomberg - Oct 16, 2008
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Leaders scramble to calm economy
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The summit, chaired by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, hammered out a detailed distress plan which, he said, achieved "concrete measures" as well as unity ...
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There is a nightmare scenario brewing with a mix of credit distress and retail plunge. The next shoe is about to drop in the world of banking catastrophes. ...
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The last month has seen the sweeping away of all the shopworn economic coordinates by which conventional politicians set their course. ...

Boston Globe
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Voice of America
EU looking for international reforms
International Herald Tribune, France - Oct 15, 2008
We need an early warning system for the world economy." Founded in the aftermath of World War II, the 185-nation IMF became the international economy's fire ...
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So it's... banks for the memory
The Age, Australia - Oct 16, 2008
The Asian banking sector's period of heady growth came with the Asian economic miracle. As huge foreign capital inflows fuelled an investment boom across ...
German Economic Institutes Slash 2009 Growth Forecast (Update1)
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The financial crisis may precipitate slower economic growth than forecast as foreign demand for German products wanes. Germany, the world's biggest exporter ...
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High energy prices were at the core of earlier financial distress, but the overall international economic situation has been made worse by collapse of the ...
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Wall Street Journal - Oct 15, 2008
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PRLog.Org (press release), Romania - Oct 15, 2008
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Los Angeles Times
Pakistanis worry they're at risk in global crisis
Los Angeles Times, CA - Oct 14, 2008
The Karachi stock market, until this year one of the world's most robustly profitable exchanges, has instead become a barometer of growing economic distress ...
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Hawaii Reporter, HI - Oct 16, 2008
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"The world economy is now entering a major downturn in the face of the most dangerous shock in mature financial markets since the 1930s," the International ...
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New York Times, United States - Oct 12, 2008
... shown on Russian television receiving a tiger cub for his 56th birthday. He also seemed to take satisfaction in the economic distress in the United States.

The Moscow Times
Largest Bubble Burst in History
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New Straits Times, Malaysia - Oct 15, 2008
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Standard, Kenya - Oct 13, 2008
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An emergency funding scheme for countries plunged into economic and financial distress by the escalating global credit crisis has been activated by the ...
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National Post, Canada - Sep 26, 2008
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Sydney Morning Herald
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International Herald Tribune, France - Oct 13, 2008
"It's going to take actions more than words at this time, given the extreme distress that the money markets are in and the extreme distress that the equity ...
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... to five-year lows on Thursday on the eve of a G7 meeting of economic powers to try to halt a global spiral of financial distress and slowing growth. ...

Daily Mail
It's Freefall Friday: Dow Jones plunges as FTSE suffers worst week ...
Daily Mail, UK - Oct 10, 2008
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BusinessWeek - Oct 13, 2008
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Times Online
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China Daily
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China Daily, China - Oct 9, 2008
... by Al Qaeda terrorists, a rising China, epidemics of AIDS, poverty and fratricidal war in the developing world and the deep economic distress at home"? ...
Pogrom Acre-style
Al-Ahram Weekly, Egypt - Oct 16, 2008
... who pointed out that the Arab community was suffering from social and economic distress due to long-standing discrimination by the Israeli state. ...
Commentary by Kevin Hassett
Bloomberg - Oct 13, 2008
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Journal of Commerce, Canada - Oct 13, 2008
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Globe and Mail, Canada - Oct 9, 2008
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IMF Report: US Faces ‘Considerable’ Recession Risk
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The IMF has been predicting that both the US and world economies will avoid recession, and it will be updating its global economic forecasts in the main ...
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If Harper does not want to do this, he will have to face a hostile House of Commons, then an electorate hurt by economic distress. Of course there is always ...
Global Stocks Climb, Euro Rises on Bailout Plan; Banks Advance
Bloomberg - Oct 13, 2008
Oil rose from a 13-month low on speculation the bailout may avert a collapse of the financial system that threatens economic growth. ...
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World Bank Group, DC - Oct 10, 2008
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Business Mirror, Philippines - Oct 13, 2008
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Wall Street Journal
A Short Banking History of the United States
Wall Street Journal - Oct 10, 2008
How could the richest and most productive economy the world has ever known have a financial system so prone to periodic and catastrophic break down? ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release), NY - Oct 7, 2008
LIU ZHENMIN ( China) said the world was confronted with a “development crisis” whereby the traditional world economic engine had fallen into its own trap. ...
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ABC News - Oct 10, 2008
New from the McCain campaign Friday: An ad that casually drops the L-word and touches on both Ayers to the economic distress, with Democrats portrayed as ...
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Or cut spending to balance the budget and risk pushing the economy into deeper distress. The path chosen by the new government will set the tone not only ...
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American Chronicle, CA - Oct 13, 2008
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New York Times
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New York Times, United States - Oct 14, 2008
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The Australian, Australia - Sep 26, 2008
"This has substantial implications for the Australian economy, even though we're not in the direct firing line," he said. Mr Redican said a severe recession ...
TOPWRAP 14-Central banks cut rates, but markets stay fearful, UK - Oct 8, 2008
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Meanwhile, the world's economic powers came under pressure to act boldly to halt the distress as panic selling and anxiety spread. ...
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Daily Mail
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Ailing economy has impact on well-being

Physical and mental health can both suffer

Sunday, October 12 | 8:53 a.m.


On her end of the Clark County Crisis Line, Marlene Burrows hears the same story again and again: A spouse lost a job and the family can’t pay the rent. More callers are feeling stressed, anxious and depressed.

When she makes mental health referrals, she hears more of the same scenario from that end, too: Programs funded by state money or community donations are feeling the economic pinch and don’t have as many resources to help.

“It’s become more difficult for people to find jobs and there are fewer resources in the community in terms of people getting what they need,” said Burrows, the crisis service’s program manager. “They’re falling through a large crack.”

The sour economy is causing more stressors than people know how to handle, mental health experts say, and it’s bringing in a wider clientele than clinics and crisis centers can cover.

Some Clark County mental health clinics have some of the longest waiting lists they’ve seen in years, and are scrambling for more funding to keep up with the caseloads. But they are finding that there is no more money.

Not all people seeking help have anxiety or depressive disorders. Lots of people are going through rocky times and just need someone to talk to, local experts say.

The crisis line has felt the pinch over the last two years. The call volume has doubled from 700 to at least 1,400 a month since 2006, which Burrows mainly attributes to the ailing economy.

What once used to be a crisis call about one issue has turned into a call about a host of worries centered around finances, she said. Some callers have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder and have lost health care coverage after losing their job.

Not knowing where else to go, they call the crisis line.

“We’re getting calls from people who … just got laid off or can’t pay rent. (There’s) lots of calls about how to get medication,” Burrows said.

These frustrations aren’t isolated. Nearly half of the populace say they are worried about job stability and 66 percent are concerned about housing costs, according to a report released last week by the American Psychiatric Association.

Aggravating illness

These worries are manifested in different ways: Some people are becoming more prone to anxiety and depression because of the stress.

Others, who suffer from pre-existing anxiety and depression disorders, find them exacerbated by job stress.

Patients are reporting more insomnia problems than ever before, local experts say.

Worries over finances are disrupting sleep for many patients, which is increasing the number of sleep medications prescribed at these clinics.

Lauretta Young, chief of psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente Northwest, said the number of mental health intake calls at Kaiser clinics in Clark and Multnomah counties is 25 to 35 percent over this time last year.

“That does not seem to be a typical, seasonal variation,” Young said.

At the Wellness Project, a program that offers free mental health counseling to low-income clients, patients now have to wait nine months to see a counselor. This is a 50 percent increase over the wait in April 2007, said Antonia Mueller, clinical program manager for Community Services Northwest, an umbrella organization of the project.

The issue at hand: More people are seeking help for anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts because they’ve lost the one thing that impacts their personal and financial stability the most: employment.

“People are trying to cope with not having money or unemployment. It’s basically shifting their identity,” Mueller said. “By losing your housing or your job, you have to shift how you live.”

“We’ve doubled our volunteers, but it’s not keeping up,” she added.

Kit Corey, a counselor at the Vancouver counseling and training firm Solutions Employee Assistance, said she’s never in her 20-year career heard as much talk about financial stress as she does now.

She refers some clients to outside low-income based clinics. The Wellness Project isn’t the only clinic with lengthy waiting lists, said Young, who cited long waits at Columbia River Mental Health among others.

“It’s a scary time,” Corey said. “There’s no place for them to go.”