Depression, Money & Women
Debt and Unemployment Can Be One Of The Causes of Depression
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in eight women will suffer from depression at some point during her life. Women are 70 percent more likely than men to experience depression. The causes of depression can include the death of a loved one, an inability to find work, divorce, and of course debt.
Being in debt and unemployed can lead to depression. The numbers are against us. In August 2012, one in every 681 housing units in the U.S. received a foreclosure filing. Since the financial crisis in 2008 when 8.8 million jobs were lost, only about 3.8 million have been added back. With piling debt, mortgage rate adjustments, and growing credit card balances, many personal situations can seem dire. Some may even think about death or suicide. When you are depressed, you don’t think logically, and therefore you may find yourself thinking there is no way out.
While white women experience depression more often, black women experience a greater severity and persistence of depression. This could be due to both societal and biological factors. From a social aspect, black women are faced with stress related to racial discrimination, low socioeconomic status, and raising children alone. From a biological aspect, black women face high rates of health problems such as hypertension and cardiovascular disease, according to Annelle Primmn, M.D., M.P.H. All of these factors can lead to depression. But because the Black community has a strong bias against mental health treatment, black women are less likely to seek help.
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, thoughts of suicide, inability to eat or make decisions, or have a hopeless outlook on life or your current situation, then it may be time to seek out help for depression. Always check with your doctor to determine if you suffer from depression.
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