Monday, August 24, 2009

Warning Signs the Economy is Taking a Toll on Your Health

Warning Signs the Economy is Taking a Toll on Your HealthThe bad economy may be taking a toll on your emotional and physical health

According the United States Department of Health and Human Services, here are some warning signs that your financial problems may be adversely affecting your emotional or mental well being:
  • Persistent Sadness/Crying
  • Excessive Anxiety
  • Lack of Sleep/Constant Fatigue
  • Excessive Irritability/Anger
  • Increased drinking
  • Illicit drug use, including misuse of medications
  • Difficulty paying attention or staying focused
  • Apathy - not caring about things that are usually important to you
  • Not being able to function as well at work, school or home

They also offer some coping techniques for you to try to get through stressful periods.

And if you need additional help, don't be afraid to seek it. Talk to your physician, a mental health provider, community mental health center, spiritual leader, school counselor, etc. These people can help you get through the rough times.

If you are in need of immediate help, seek your nearest emergency room or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Source: SAMHSA

*Information on is for informational purposes only. Always seek medical advice from your physician. In cases of emergency, seek care from an emergency health care provider.


  1. One of the signs that a person may be depressed is that they withdraw from contact with others. They may stay in their room, not show up for school or work or not want to talk with others.One of the best things to do is to listen to them when they do talk. Don't look for a chance to tell them what you would do or say.If all else fails, hold a hand, give them a shoulder to cry on or hug them if needed.

  2. Very good tips. Thanks for sharing them with our readers.