YOU THINK??? I really do NOT need any scientific evidence to believe in this. Both personal experience as well as vicarious experience have attested to this fact over and over again. Still, we can’t really stop others if they want to conduct polls or studies regarding this issue.
I read about a poll that Associated Press-AOL Health undertook early this year. They surveyed about a thousand respondents in all the American states with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii. The results? Read for yourself:
27 percent had ulcers or digestive tract problems, compared with 8 percent of those with low levels of debt stress.
23 percent had severe depression, compared with 4 percent with low debt stress.
6 percent reported heart attacks, double the rate for those with low debt stress.
Ok, I take my statements back – maybe we do NEED to see these figures in writing to realize just how disastrous the link between debt and stress is. As you can see from the figures, the result of debt can be more than stress. Physical illness actually results from debt!
This got me thinking…so you get sick because of your debt problem. Getting sick means more expenses. With the person being in debt already, he’ll probably have more problems with the medical expenses. This would probably add more debt. Whew – it’s much like the chicken and the egg, isn’t it?
So what are we to do? If you are experiencing debt problems, you should probably take serious steps to deal with it. Otherwise, you might find yourself in more trouble than the financial sense.
Originally posted on June 10, 2008 @ 11:11 pm