(Source: HealthDay News)

The epidemic of home foreclosures is having a serious impact on Americans’ health, suggests a study that looked at 250 Philadelphia homeowners facing foreclosure.

More than half of them reported being depressed, and 37 percent of them had major depression. In addition, almost 60 percent reported skipping meals because they couldn’t afford food and 48 percent said they couldn’t afford prescription drugs.

The study also found that for 9 percent of participants, a medical condition in their family was the primary reason for the home foreclosure, and more than 25 percent said they had significant unpaid medical bills.

“The foreclosure crisis is also a health crisis. We need to do more to ensure that if people lose their homes, they don’t also lose their health,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Craig E. Pollack, who conducted the research while at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, said in a news release.

Read Robert Preidt’s full article “Foreclosures plunge people into depression” in 14WFIE (August 19, 2009)

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