About this video
Stress is ubiquitous and is essential for survival. However, when it is experienced continuously and over long periods it becomes chronic and its effects are damaging to our body. Unemployment is one such chronic stressor and the present talk will present a series of studies linking (un)employment to health. First, how the stress of unemployment gets inside the body via hormonal dysregulation will be presented. Second, how a one size fits all approach when looking at unemployment vs employment does not capture the true story will show how precarious employment can be as damaging as unemployment. Finally, the last study will consider how unemployment in pre and post-recession affects mental health.