Although most people appear to be managing their debts all right, perhaps 10
million to 16 million are "suffering terribly due to their debts, and their health is likely to be negatively impacted," says Paul J. Lavrakas, a research psychologist and AP consultant who analyzed the results of the survey. Those are people who reported high levels of debt stress and suffered from at least three stress-related illnesses, he says. That finding is supported by medical research that has linked chronic stress to a wide range of ailments. And the current tough economic times and rising costs of living seem to be leading to increasing debt stress, 14 percent higher this year than in 2004, according to an index tied to the AP-AOL survey.
Yes, debt is a serious issue among many American households, but you shouldn’t let debt stress impede on your health. Setting goals and thinking positively can help put debt issues in perspective. I truly believe a lot of health issues stem from people’s emotional turmoil and stress so please try to keep it to a minimum!