Thomas Ramey Watson

U.S. Foreclosure Crisis Linked To Diminished Health, Study Finds

The damaging mental-health effects of the fragile economy have been a subject

of study since the throes of the Great Recession, and with the economy now settling into a state of near-inertia, those same health consequences appear likely to continue to afflict Americans who view their financial position as precarious.

Of particular concern is the foreclosure crisis, which has already been linked to a wave of major depression and is believed to exacerbate compulsive behaviors like alcoholism and gambling.

Now, increases in foreclosure activity appear to correlate with an uptick in hypertension, anxiety, diabetes and suicide attempts, according

to researchers at Princeton and Georgia State University.

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