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Economic woes a boon to psychologists

BOSTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A Boston psychologist says his profession has seen an upswing in business as the nation's economic woes have worsened.

Psychologist Jim Grubman said while financial advisers and other wealthy citizens are struggling to make money during the ongoing economic crisis, psychologists are getting requests from more clients than they can handle, The Boston Globe said Thursday.

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"I have my hands full with what's going on in Boston," Grubman said.

Grubman told the Globe many of his new patients are individuals in the financial sector who are so used to success they cannot cope with sudden economic problems.

"Many are perfectionists and many are feeling very bad because they're doubting themselves and their skills," Grubman said. "It's terrifying ... I've seen them lose tens of millions of dollars over the course of the last nine months."

The Globe said most of the new patients have so-called sudden loss syndrome, a diagnosis caused by the struggling U.S. stock market and other financial difficulties nationwide.

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