by Kirby Gibbs
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - "It's depressing" says one East Texas man who's been looking for a job for the past month.
Through talking with local East Texans, it's become apparent that an uncertain economy, job losses, and limited income have people feeling down and out.
Dr. Roshin Rowjee of Lufkin told East Texas News," The economy is affected their health, specifically we're talking about everything from blood pressure readings have gone up, to a lot of anxiety, panic attacks a lot of stress".
And despite reassuring words from govenment leaders about how well Texas is doing during this national recession, East Texans still have many worries that affect their lives daily.
"You hear about the people losing their homes, I'm one of those people who's almost in that position", sadly admitted Eddie Martin, a concerened East Texan. "I've lived off my savings til there's nothing left. I'm 43 now what am I gonna do, now I'm out here looking for a job at Wal-Mart. And I have two professional degrees and I can't seem to find anything that's paying the bills".
Travosky Keil of Lufkin, shares his pain. "It has been real stress because you wake up and you have bills and you wake up and there's no jobs to go to around here and your sitting at home and everybody is like, "I'll call you in three weeks, I'll call you". It's just been real hard. Now, if you're not in the medical field or something like that it's gonna be hard for a lot of people."
"People are trying to survive here today and it don't seem like it's getting better it seems like it's getting worse and worse" said another East Texan.
Dr. Rowjee says all that worry and stress are not good for your health, he says there are ways you can cope, even during these frustrating and uncertain times. "What is controllable, it's your health, your diet in particular, it's maybe setting up an exercise regime to help deal with the stress. Silent meditation, taking a few minutes from a stressful event and removing yourself from that situation."
More than that, many of the people we spoke with say what they need is proof... That all hope isn't lost.
There are community and local government resources meant to help those in distressed situations. For families in need of food assistance there is an East Texas Food Bank near you that can help.