Millions of people are struggling to recover emotionally as well as financially from the Great Recession. Some 8.3 million Americans, or 3.4% of the population, suffer from serious psychological distress, up from 3% before the Great Recession, according to a new report published Monday in the journal Psychiatric Services . The researchers from New York University Langone Medical Center analyzed a federal health database and the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions National Health Interview Survey of more than 35,000 households. medical interviewCompounding these issues: their access to health care and their ability to afford medication was worse than it was before the recession, said Judith Weissman, research manager and an epidemiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center. If they lose a job or take a blow from the recession and lose finances, they dont have the resources to come back, she said. Serious psychological distress itself is also strongly associated with limitations of working and daily living, as well as feelings of nervousness, worthlessness and sadness. Dont miss: Pilots are keeping mental illness a secret to keep their wings Legislation has passed to improve the state of mental health in recent years, such as the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which requires mid- and large-sized companies that offer mental health coverage to ensure those benefits match those provided for physical illness, and former President Barack Obamas 2010 Affordable Care Act , which also contained provisions for mental health-related insurance coverage disparities. And yet theres still a lack of access to health care providers, Weissman said. We need to improve training for mental health because we dont have enough providers, she said. Some 9.5% of distressed Americans did not have health insurance that would allow them access to a psychiatrist in 2014, up from 9% in 2006.
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The free application, which is entering into an open beta phase, is the companys attempt to integrate your social network with virtual reality. The 3.35 gb program is rated T and requires an Oculus Rift headset and Touch controllers. Spending time with friends and family creates many of our most meaningful memories, wrote Facebooks head of VR , Rachel Franklin, but its impossible to always be physically near the people we care about. Thats where the magic of virtual reality comes in. Related Oculus founder Palmer Luckey leaves Facebook Spaces was first demonstrated publicly in October 2016 by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He showed off how users could conjure virtual objects out of thin air, and how real-world images and live video could be seamlessly integrated inside the VR experience. The final product seems to share many of those core features. The first step is making a custom cartoon avatar of yourself. You can then gather together around an interactive table in a virtual space, using 360-degree videos and images as your backdrop. While inside Spaces, users can even invite friends to participate via Facebook Messenger video calling. Of course, Oculus itself already has its own social app called Oculus Rooms . That program connects with Facebook to populate a friends list, then allows players to socialize in a virtual space and even launch into Oculus compatible multiplayer games together.
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