How a Struggling Economy Affects Mental Health


When an economy starts to weaken, it causes more stress for the people involved. Economic turmoil such as struggling to pay bills, unemployment, or threats of foreclosure play an enormous role in people’s mental health: risks include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and/or compulsive behaviors (such as overeating, gambling, or spending).

Warning Signs that the Economy is Affecting YOU:

  • Excessive anxiety or anger
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Increased use of narcotic drugs and/or alcohol
  • Not feeling up to doing everyday activities

Recent studies and polls have shown that from 2008 until the present, Americans have felt much sadder, more stressed, and more overwhelmed than in past years. The unemployment rates are significantly higher as of late and many people are struggling to make ends meet. It is normal for these extra stressors to cause turmoil in one’s life and frequently it takes a toll on people’s mental well-being.

It is important to acknowledge that the economy is affecting everyone, and that at some point it is all going to get better. People should reach out to their community and work together to make the hard time easier for everyone.

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