About 51,000 of these employees work for TSA, including Brian Turner, a 27-year-old husband and father of a newborn. Turner is a TSA officer at the Philadelphia International Airport. During a break from work on Thursday, he told ABC News his anxiety and stress due to the delay in his salary.
"We are a wage-earning family and we depend on this regular income," said Turner. "The passengers were very friendly. Many people came to say, "Thank you for being here and working without pay." It allows you to continue even when you feel stressed. "
As government employees go further in January, they will have to take into account living expenses, such as bills, rent purchases and rents or mortgages, and this can actually put families in the dark. Strict test, increasing stress, according to Oscar Holmes IV, Ph.D., assistant professor of management at Rutgers University School of Business.
When levels of stress hormones increase, a person may have more serious health problems, such as high blood pressure and insomnia, said Holmes. And as closure takes more and more time, the consequences of stress can worsen, making people more likely to make careless mistakes or become distracted, he said. .
Although Turner stated that he did not think that the work of his colleagues or colleagues had suffered, he acknowledged that "stress is not lacking" because he had to celebrate the holidays knowing that he would not probably not paid.
"It was our baby's first Christmas, so we wanted it to be big and special, but we had to reduce that work a lot, which was really difficult," he said. "You can only reduce too much, because all our expenses go to the baby and the bills."
Brian Turner, 27, is a TSA officer at the Philadelphia International Airport. We see him here with his family in an undated photo.
Turner said that he had begun to increase his income as soon as he had heard of a possible market closure. Thanks to his wife's work, the family could also save a little. However, he said some of his colleagues were not so lucky.
"Some of my colleagues are single parents, so I have colleagues who do not think they can access the next paycheck. … I can imagine that if you have to choose between putting food on the table and paying for gasoline to drive to work, you will choose to feed your children, "said Turner.
The government's closure is about to become the longest of all time, with no end in sight. Even when it comes to an end, it is likely that the effects will continue when employees work to make up for missed payments, Holmes said.
"There will likely be a psychological hangover effect long after the end of the closure," Holmes said, adding that it undermined the idea that the government would provide stable jobs. "Such a situation further aggravates the government's reputation as an employer."
Turner says he's very proud of his work, but he agrees that this closure makes him think differently about the stability he has for the government. He was with the TSA at the closing of 2013, but said that he felt different because it is the first one where he will not be paid on time.
"It's like it's going to happen more and more now, so it's a goal that I have to be prepared for," he said, noting that, despite his late check, he still not leave his job.
"I love my job and it would never be an easy choice to leave. I will try to stay as long as I can. There are many dedicated people working in government. You do not enter this sector of activity for salary, "said Turner." I think the general consensus is that people will do it as long as they can. S & # They must leave, it will not be by choice. "
Dr. Anees Benferhat is a resident psychiatry physician in New York and a member of the ABC News Medical Unit.