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Help Is on the Line

She was alone, five months pregnant, far from her family. Her husband had just left for the gulf. She'd been having trouble concentrating at work. But when she felt herself losing control, overwhelmed by a rising sense of panic, she dialed the toll-free hot line provided by her company for employees in distress. A counselor on the other end referred her to a local psychologist for help.

In the past few weeks, calls to employee help lines have surged; their personnel have noticed a dramatic increase immediately after evening newscasts. At Managed Health Network in Los Angeles, counselors were handling nearly...

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