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Bankruptcy, Depression & Suicide. The Most Avoidable Tragedy.

Don't give up, there is truly a light at the end of the tunnel if you will just open your eyes.

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 »

Even in Death, Student Loans, the Debt That Keeps on Giving

The unfolding tragedy of student loan debt in America took an interesting turn recently with an article published in the Baltimore Sun and then repeated in the ABA Journal. Thanks to a reader that sent in the tip on the article we get a glimpse into reason 198 why you should never cosign for student loans. Roswell Friend attended Temple ... Read More »

Suicide Rate Climbs in Tough Economic Times

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In a result that I doubt many would find surprising, a study of suicide rates from 1928-2007 found that people 25-64 were more likely to commit suicide and end their life during down economic times. The overall suicide rate generally rose in recessions like the Great Depression (1929-1933), the end of the New Deal (1937-1938), the Oil Crisis (1973-1975), and ... Read More »

Client Kills Self Just One Payment Away From Being Debt Free

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I’m not surprised that people find it necessary to kill themselves because of financial problems. They do, it’s sad and it’s needless. What makes this so shocking was that he was so close to being debt free. News in yesterday from my office in the Netherlands surprised me. I learned that a fellow that we had helped to turn his ... Read More »

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