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    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 8th May 15, 11:26 AM
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    Debt and Mental Health - How have your debts affected you?
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    • 8th May 15, 11:26 AM
    Debt and Mental Health - How have your debts affected you? 8th May 15 at 11:26 AM
    Hi everyone,

    As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2015 next week (11-17 May), we’re supporting Stepchange Debt Charity and the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) in highlighting how debt can play a large part in mental health issues.

    We have a free Mental Health and Debt guide available for anyone to download so if you're struggling please do take a look!

    Has being in debt caused you stress and anxiety?

    We're launching a poll to see how many of you have had mental health issues. We've kept responses private so other forum users won't see who's voted in the poll. If you'd like to reply below and discuss that would be great but don't feel you have to.

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    • charmed1318
    • By charmed1318 18th Aug 17, 1:19 PM
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    charmed1318
    I feel for all these sorties, I I guess in a way I have been lucky.
    I am 29 now.
    Diagnosed at 16 with depression.
    Diagnosed a 25 with cyclothymia.
    Been in debt (it seems like forever)
    I have never doubted any of the money I owe, but have been paying £1-£5 a month to them. They will get paid it will just take time.

    I am also very lucky I can now talk to my mum, though she doesn't know the amount.
    I do think there needs to be stringent which to be applied to some, if not all lending. Although due the DPA, unless we say something , it will not help.

    I think the main problem can start at about 19-21, that was when I got a £2000 loan and a credit card. Yet my lil brother who is 25, hasn't had core.any kind of credit = no credit score.

    Anyway, long story short there should be more accessible help.


    • HairyHandofDartmoor
    • By HairyHandofDartmoor 3rd Sep 17, 12:38 PM
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    Ive been in debt since I was offered my first credit card when I was 18. I didn't understand that it was a debt card and not a credit card. I gave in to the overwhelming temptation to buy some of the things I'd always wanted. I had no idea of how hard it would be to pay it all back once interest had been added.

    When I left college I was offered a graduate overdraft, which I foolishly accepted. When I still hadn't managed to get a job after 6 months I began to get pressure to pay it back, even though I was on unemployment benefit. I managed to find a job eventually, but never earnt enough to get free of the debts. It was always a worry at the back of my mind but I coped and had an excellent credit reputation. As a result I kept getting offered more credit.

    When the recession hit in 2008 I struggled to make my monthly repayments and pay my living expenses. I become very stressed and depressed. At one point my OH and I were paying £1000 a month in interest alone! We were were working like slaves but never had anything to show for it. I was prescribed anti depressants by my doctor and told that he had seen many people recently due to money worries .

    I am 53 now and soon to become debt free . The relief is overwhelming and only now do I realise what a black cloud my OH and I been living under for so many years. I never want another credit card or loan ever again. I intend to save up and pay for things the old fashioned way. Credit is a trap that I and many others have fallen into and it's very hard to get free when the whole system seems designed to keep you in debt. I wish that when I was 19 I had known what I know now .
    My Diary http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5716867
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    Current debt = £16,234, Emergency Fund = £200
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    • beebrook
    • By beebrook 14th Sep 17, 1:49 PM
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    From my experience, debt and mental health are intrinsically linked. They feed each-other.

    Being depressed and having anxiety disorders like I've had can make it difficult; to budget, to hold-back from overspending, and stop yourself from doing impulsive things (like taking out payday loans).

    Being 19 and in so much debt (more specifically, bad, unmanageable debt) has only made these mental health problems worse. They'd make anyone stressed, worried, and perhaps even depressed. I know first-hand that facing up to a debt problem can shatter your self esteem too. It's like facing up to your own flaws as a person.

    In other words, poor mental health can put you in debt, and debt can cause mental health problems.

    My advice to anyone else with debt and/or mental health issues is this: read through the DFW forum.

    You'll then realise that you're not alone. There's a way out (one way or another) and being in debt isn't a reflection on you as a person. It just means you're in a bad situation. Even if you're partly to blame, sub-prime loans, high interest credit cards and consolidation loans really shouldn't exist in the first place.
    Debt to date: £4731.75 - 97.2% left to go
    Debt upon joining (Sep'2017): £4,870 - Loans, Credit Cards & Nationwide Overdraft
    • mudgekin
    • By mudgekin 9th Oct 17, 12:37 AM
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    Hi

    Iím not in debt yet but Iíve been battling a severe depression and anxiety now for about 6 years.
    When I start to feel my anxiety rising Iíve been buying, then I regret it then I feel worse. Iíve got a house full of craft stuff and the strange thing is that my ďstuffĒ can settle me down sometimes.

    I really donít know what way to turn really. Iíve recently had a course of counseling with a psychologist who was dealing with a stuck bereavement issue and unfortunately thatís all she was dealing with. Iíve seen a psychiatrist, a dreadful man whoís dismissive manner towards me made me feel worse about myself. Heíd happily talk to DH but barely spoke to me and when he did he was so condescending.

    I canít sell my stuff Iíve crafted as Iím just not good enough. When you have to complete with the Etsy talent or on eBay the cheap Chinese stuff making money from crafting is just not the way to go. Iím also physically disabled now so I can do stuff on days I feel physically or mentally ok.

    Iím just really worried that my spending is going to quickly tear through what savings we have left. I think in 3 tears Iíve spent the best part of 20k and Iím so ashamed. Iíve spent all the lump sum I got from my pensions from being medically retired from word.

    Quite honestly. I despise myself.
    Iíve no idea why Iíve even posted but mental health definitely affects spending. When I wS well I was frugal and careful and was able to save a nice nest egg but thatís gone now. I really am scared I go through the bit thatís left which will be needed if we manage to get a social house.
    • beebrook
    • By beebrook 9th Oct 17, 4:46 PM
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    Hi

    Iím not in debt yet but Iíve been battling a severe depression and anxiety now for about 6 years.
    When I start to feel my anxiety rising Iíve been buying, then I regret it then I feel worse. Iíve got a house full of craft stuff and the strange thing is that my ďstuffĒ can settle me down sometimes.

    I really donít know what way to turn really. Iíve recently had a course of counseling with a psychologist who was dealing with a stuck bereavement issue and unfortunately thatís all she was dealing with. Iíve seen a psychiatrist, a dreadful man whoís dismissive manner towards me made me feel worse about myself. Heíd happily talk to DH but barely spoke to me and when he did he was so condescending.

    I canít sell my stuff Iíve crafted as Iím just not good enough. When you have to complete with the Etsy talent or on eBay the cheap Chinese stuff making money from crafting is just not the way to go. Iím also physically disabled now so I can do stuff on days I feel physically or mentally ok.

    Iím just really worried that my spending is going to quickly tear through what savings we have left. I think in 3 tears Iíve spent the best part of 20k and Iím so ashamed. Iíve spent all the lump sum I got from my pensions from being medically retired from word.

    Quite honestly. I despise myself.
    Iíve no idea why Iíve even posted but mental health definitely affects spending. When I wS well I was frugal and careful and was able to save a nice nest egg but thatís gone now. I really am scared I go through the bit thatís left which will be needed if we manage to get a social house.
    Originally posted by mudgekin
    We all have our different personal struggles. There are lots of different ways of dealing with those but I can suggest reaching out to others going through similar experiences. That's what helped me the most.

    Why is all this relevant to the MSE DFW board? Well, the take-away message is that mental health and overspending feed eachother - and it's one of the most vicious circles out there.
    Debt to date: £4731.75 - 97.2% left to go
    Debt upon joining (Sep'2017): £4,870 - Loans, Credit Cards & Nationwide Overdraft
    • sirius60
    • By sirius60 18th Oct 17, 8:16 AM
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    Supporting family member
    I'm not struggleing with debt because of mental health issues but I am trying to support a family member who is.
    She has had mental health issues for a number of years, and throughout that time must have got bits of credit, paid it for a while then fell behind when things got difficult.
    For the last couple of years she has received demanding letters from Lowells and numerous other companies but was never taken to court. However recently several of them have taken her to court and court has made an order that she has to pay £50 on a debt for £500 and £40 on a debt for £300. She can hardly afford to live on the money she has, every week I am lending her money for gas or electric, kids bus passes or shopping.
    She has no idea what these debts are in relation to, she throws letters away because she can't cope with the stress but from the odd time I've managed to see them before they get binned, it looks like some are for very similar amounts of money but from different debt companies. When I try to encourage her to do something she gets more stressed and then will avoid me!
    I recently introduced the idea of step change which she took on board but as soon as I took over the budget sheet for her to fill in she fobbed me off and now gets annoyed it I try to talk about it.
    I know that if we don't sort this out the next thing will be baliffs at the door and I am scared of the impact of that on her mental health. There are other issues as well as the debt and if it was just her to worry about it would be difficult enough but there are children too.
    I am just completely stuck I can't just get on and do it without her I need her to get involved but the thought of it just sends her spiralling down .
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