Broke and Broken? The Psychological Effects of Poverty

Broke and Broken? The Psychological Effects of Poverty

Unfortunately, poverty has become an epidemic in our society. In fact, over 46 million people face the harsh reality of poverty every day. This can have a far-reaching affect not only in their communities, but their personal well-being, as well.http://www.bestpsychologydegrees.org has created an infographic entitled “Broke and Broken? The Psychological Effects of Poverty”, detailing the startling realities behind poverty and its effect on the human body.
This infographic details the prevalence of poverty in the United States by showing each state’s poverty percentage. And while most of us are aware if the toll that poverty takes on a community, few are aware of the effects that poverty can have on the person afflicted by it. Poverty can cause a 13 point drop in IQ levels, making everyday tasks like decision making, patience, and memory functions impaired.
It’s no surprise that battling poverty can cause stress, and stress is a killer in itself. Work, money, and a health crisis are the top reasons for stress. 76 percent of respondents reported that work and money were their largest stressors, and 45% of those reported having stress-related symptoms such as muscle tension, 44% reported headache, 45% reported lack of energy, and 50% reported irritability or anger.
Chances are, you or someone you know battles poverty. It’s important to be aware of these stress factors as soon as possible in order to get the help you need.
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Posted Jan 23, 2014
 
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