Study Finds Connection Between Downward Mobility And Poor Mental Health

Lowered income is associated with elevated “mental illness” labeling rates according to a recent study. Umm, I wonder if there could be a relationship.

The story, reported in the Mental Health News section of The Third Age, bears the heading, Income Loss Linked to Mental Disorders.

People with recent income loss are more likely to suffer from drug abuse, anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders, according to a new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

If you could see me, my face should be registering mock surprise just about now.

As compared to the higher income bracket, subjects in the lowest income bracket showed higher rates of attempted suicide, mood labels (from the clinical blues to bipolarization, it’s a wide net), and personality disorder labels.

The findings run consistent with previous studies. But the direction of the link is not clear and researchers aren’t sure if low income causes mental disorder, or vice versa.

I would imagine a little of both might be involved here. Financial failure is not likely to be conducive to good mental health, nor is a “mental illness” label likely to increase a person’s financial standing.

I haven’t seen the study suggesting that poverty is genetically determined yet, but I imagine it could be coming.

The current study looked at 35,000 adults in the U.S. and assessed their mental health and income on two separate occasions three years apart. By the second survey, 1 in 5 had some sort of mental disorder.

Yawn. I’m beginning to frown on the practice of filling out surveys.

The study showed a correlation between poverty and the frequency of occurrence of almost every “mental illness” label. Those “mental illness” labels specifically mentioned in this article had to do with anxiety, mood, and drug addiction.