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Shutdown May have Psychological Effects on Iowans
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)The gray and rainy weather in Eastern Iowa is capturing how many Iowans are feeling about the deadlock in Washington.
"We're all sick of that stuff," said resident Cory Goldensoph.
"It's just ridiculous," said resident Adam Covington.
It's day four of the government shutdown and with each day, Iowans like Covington who owns a small floral shop, are getting frustrated.
"They really need to talk across the aisle to figure out what's going to benefit the country the best," Covington said.
Hes like 68 percent of Iowans in the latest Iowa Poll who think the government is headed in the wrong direction.
It's the lowest Iowans have ever felt about the country's path since 2008 before the recession.
"They feel disempowered themselves," said Luke Hansen Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at Mercy Hospital.
Hansen says even though the stalemate in Washington is miles away from Iowa, the psychological effects are far-reaching.
"It can be kind of discouraging, he said. That kind of 'yeah right' mentality can set in and that cynicism."
Hansen suggests shifting the focus from feeling powerless to self-empowerment.
"Finding activities that are healthy, distractions, keeping things in perspective," Hansen said.
A perspective that may come in handy with no end to the shutdown in sight.
It's taking too long," Goldensoph said.