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Daily Real Estate News  |  August 20, 2009  |   Foreclosure, Depression Go Together
Nearly half the people going through the foreclosure process reported symptoms of depression and 37 percent met screening criteria for major depression, according to a study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

“The foreclosure crisis is also a health crisis,” says lead author Dr. Craig E. Pollack, an internist at Penn. “We need to do more to ensure that if people lose their homes, they don’t also lose their health.”

Authors of the study say that losing a house is equivalent to losing a piece of the American dream. “When this happens, there is reason to worry not only about the health of the home owner but also that of family members and the broader community they live in,” says co-author Julia Lynch, assistant professor of social sciences.

Source: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (08/18/2009)

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