ATHENS, Greece (CNN) -- In Greece, one in four workers is out of a job. That's a big number, and it's even bigger for young people. But behind those grim statistics, a deeper problem has taken hold.
Just as he has done every week for one and a half years, Korelas Petros says goodbye to his parents and heads off to the job centre. At 24-years-old he still lives at home because like most young Greeks, he can't afford not to.
Greece has 55 percent youth unemployment with very few jobs even for graduates like Petros with two masters degrees.
George kaligaris is back at the job centre to cancel his unemployment benefit. His old employer's offered him part time work for 400 Euros a month, less than benefits but he's hoping to find more.
If you're unemployed in Greece, you get 360 Euros, $460 a month, for one year only. After that you're on your own.
And if you've never paid national insurance contributions i.e. you've never had a job, you don't get anything. Which means many of the young can't claim.
You'll often hear Greece referred to as the sick man of Europe, being given a dose of medicine, austerity, that's just not working. But when you speak to people here they add a kind of psychological profile to that.
They say there's a national state of depression, that's hard to shift even with a job and a steady income where the only future for the young and qualified is outside Greece.
At a time when so many need counseling, psychotherapists admit few can afford it. The aptly named Therapia Stamou Mazaraki offers a special rate for the jobless who need her help. Systemic psychotherapist Therapia Stamou-Mazaraki says, "The depression tends to make you passive so I try to encourage people to set small goals like tomorrow will be fun or I'll take the time to play with my children - to be energetic, take walks & and to stop talking about the past and what they used to have and don't have now. We can't perform miracles but we can take simple steps."
But sometimes miracles do happen. Korelas says, "You can't understand how I feel right now - I'm coming here for one and a half years and this is the first time I received, a piece of paper! I never asked for something more, I never asked for something less."
Just an answer phone for now but maybe a job tomorrow.