Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Debt and Mental Illness

Among the other issues it highlights is a strong link between mental illness and debt. Half of people in Britain who are in debt have a mental disorder, compared with just 16 per cent of the general population.

Rachel Jenkins, of the Institute of Psychiatry in London, who led this section of the report, said: “We’ve known for a while there’s a link between mental health issues and low income, but what more recent research has shown is that that relationship is probably mostly accounted for by debt.”
Interesting. I wonder which way the causation goes.

via Times Online

1 comment:

Evelyn said...

It makes sense that there is a relationship between the two. For one thing, I don't think anyone who is well will make himself go deeper in debt when sometimes the solution is just to make a phone call. Others will dispute this and may say that getting into unmanageable debt is enough to make one sick so now it is going to be like a chicken-and-egg question. Which comes first?

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