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Financial Bullying a Problem

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Couples argue over finances, but how many Americans feel their mate bullies them over their debt and spending habits? Credit Karma, a personal finance website with more than 20 million members, commissioned Harris Interactive to find out. The online survey, conducted in June 2013, revealed that committed American adults are generally on good financial terms with their spouse or partner. ... Read More »

Bankruptcy, Depression & Suicide. The Most Avoidable Tragedy.

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People with problem debt are likely to be depressed. My own study in 2001 found that of those people who reached out for help 39.71% were clinically depressed and another 9.56% identified themselves as moderately depressed. Women tended to be more likely to show symptoms of depression than men. You can read more about this study at Survey Finds Debt ... Read More »

Debt Related PTSD and Financial PTSD Quietly Hurts Many

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We commonly think that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is something that only combat troops face. It’s thought of as an effect only of war. But that’s not the whole story. Through news reports and media coverage we are also aware of the ripples and problems PTSD can create in the lives of many brave military members after they return home. ... Read More »

The Debt Confessional – Share Your Debt Secrets. Let The Stress Melt Away.

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“I felt such an immediate relief after entering my confession online, it surprised me how I felt afterwards. For some reason since I entered my confession here I finally came to terms with my situation and now feel prepared to move forward to resolve it. Thank you.” – Betty Financial problems bring great shame and embarrassment to many people. The ... Read More »

What I Learned From Being In Debt

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The following guest post was contributed by Margaret Keely who is a writer, educator and continues giving inspiration and guidance to her students during nursing classes as part of their quality nursing education. If you would like to contribute a guest post, click here. Being in debt makes you feel ashamed, guilty and stupid. It can make you feel like ... Read More »

Debt With Dignity. Debt, the Modern Day Leprosy.

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In all sorts of corners of life we now assume that it is wrong to not treat others well. For example, in the U.S. we no longer have separate entrances based on the color of your skin. Buildings make allowances for physical limitations and a recent news story said that more people have developed a tolerance for the religion of ... Read More »

Money and Stress: How to Keep Your Money Worries From Killing You

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A recent study at Ohio State University found that people with financial problems, in particular credit card debt, suffered from more emotional problems than those who didn’t have money-related stress. When you stop and think about it, it really is not surprising that cash, or the lack of it, so greatly affects our emotions. Money problems are not simply a ... Read More »

Money Problems Lead to Poor Sleep

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The National Sleep Foundation conducted a survey recently among different ethnic groups to study a number of sleep related issues. Of particular interest to me were the survey results about money troubles and sleep problems. I remember from my debt problem days how I never could seem to sleep well. I was always worrying about my debt, creditors, collectors, and, ... Read More »

I Can’t Sleep. I’m So Stressed About My Debt.

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I don’t know why but tonight after two hours of sleep, I was wide awake. My solution was to head up to the guest room and watch some television in hopes I would fall back to sleep. No such luck. As I laid there watching the overnight infomercials on the little television I could not help but remember those days ... Read More »

Survey Finds Debt Equals Depression For Many: Women at risk to suffer with financial depression

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This is a previous study that I participated in but it is still relevant and important to understand the relationship between debt and depression. Nearly half of the people who have problems with debt are experiencing symptoms of depression, according to a survey by Myvesta, a nonprofit financial crisis center. The survey found that 49.3 percent of people with problem ... Read More »

Is Your Lover an Oniomaniac and Likes to Perform Oniomania With You in Public?

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I think most of us are aware of the normal sexual dysfunctions like Nymphomania, the “Sex Buddy” Syndrome, Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome and now we have condition that you need to watch out for, oniomania. By now I’ve got your attention but I’ll have to let you down easy, oniomania isn’t a sexual dysfunction, it’s a shopping dysfunction. Sometimes the ... Read More »

Budgeting in Tough Times Increases Emotional Pain During Money Troubles

I was listening to the radio today and heard a very interesting story. Listen below. The story appears at the point with six minutes left in the show. Listen to The Symbolic Power of Money It mentioned a recent study “The Symbolic Power of Money: Reminders of Money Alter Social Distress and Physical Pain” People often get what they want ... Read More »

The Emotional Toll of Financial Problems

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A nice article from Fort-Myers, Florida, that has been especially hard hit by the economic problems facing us, highlights the emotional toll that bankruptcy can take on people. As the article points out, those that are facing financial problems today are facing failure for the first time in their adult life. Dealing with the feelings of failure can lead to ... Read More »

Debt is Dragging Even Me Down, Mentally.

Right now it is a beautiful North Carolina day with the sun shinning over a blue sky, birds singing and a gentle breeze is blowing. In some respects it is a tremendous day worth living. But I’ve got to be honest, I’m trying to get in the mood to dive into the never ending requests for help that are sent ... Read More »

SO THIS IS HOW IT FEELS TO BE IN DEBT!

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An old friend of mine let me know recently that he had been struggling with some financial problems. While debt issues are not something that you often share with just anyone, my friend trusted me enough to open up to me for advice and a friendly shoulder to lean on. My friend, to be anonymously known here as Bob, wrote ... Read More »

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