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Correlation between depression and povety
October 14, 2004
6:27 pm
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brendalee
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I guess you could say that I live in poverty. I haved lived in this same mobile home park all of my adult life. I am about fed up with living here and living paycheck to paycheck. In all of my vast and varied readings of the zillions of self-help books out there - nary do I ever find where some enlightened PhD or MSW makes the correlation between living in poverty and depression. Anyone else have any thoughts/insights on this?

October 14, 2004
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I think surroundings are important. I don't know that poverty necessarily relates to depression, though.

I have lived in poverty. I have lived in the back of my truck and was not depressed. I have lived in relative comfort and been very depressed.

Though I think that bright sunny atmospheres certainly help, weather poor or not.

October 14, 2004
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Hi Brenda,

Well, I have been poor and lived in an Apt with rats and I have been rich and lived in a mansion...And I was happy and depressed at various times in both. Guess it really does not matter in my case that is. I really couldn't tell you where I was happier

Sunny

October 14, 2004
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They say "money does not buy happiness." Yeah, well, it can buy DISTRACTION and that can sure help. It can also alleviate the everyday worries that plague people without money, worries that are magnified with depression like all others.

However, another factor is spirituality which helps people across all classes. I admire people who are spiritual over materialistic in nature. They will be better adjusted than most no matter what luck befalls them.

-ella

October 15, 2004
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My father grew up in a shack with a dirt floor in the mountains of Appalachia, he referred to that as the most happiest time of his life.
They had shoes only in the winter time and grew and hunted everything they ate. Made their own soap, and still there was happiness. Hardship is different from depression. Happiness comes from within...

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