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Economic toll reaches deep

Public searches for scapegoats in stressful times

By NATALIE KEITH With dropping home values and mounting foreclosures, the financial impact the housing crisis is having on homeowners is clear. But, as homeowners look for scapegoats to blame for their misfortunes, the crisis is also having an impact on executives who -- rightly or wrongly -- are shouldering much of the blame for the collapse. "Americans are seeing their jobs and their hopes for the future evaporate," said Dr. Rosalind Dorlen, a clinical psychologist based in Summit, N.J. "We're seeing a lot of blame being placed on executives." Among Dorlen's specialties is psychotherapy for financial stress. As a suburb of New York City, Summit is home to many Wall Street workers. Like others in her field she is seeing more referrals for services, not just from executives but from rank-and-file workers as well. "We're seeing more and more anxious people seeking help," she said. "There are some people who have feelings of shame, humiliatio...