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  •  Data relies on personal experience. (4+ / 0-)

    I have been crushingly poor after divorcing.
    The poverty was a result of having responsibilities i could not handle.
    Laying in bed every night worrying so much that sleep was elusive and incomplete, saps a persons mental and physical health. I fit the profile for clinical depression and have just begun to climb out of the pit after 10 years, not even realizing for the first few years that i lived in a state of depression!

    A house i fought for in divorce that had a huge mortgage i could not pay, even with two jobs and an economy in crash mode.

    Maintenance on the house- a broken water heater that left me with no hot water for three months in the winter, a leaky roof that i could not repair- kept me awake for  the three years i struggled to come out even.

    Finally finding a buyer and getting rid of 99% of my possessions finally set me free from the constant stress of never having enough to maintain.

    Stripping it all down to bare bones has been like a vacation from worry.
    My only worry now, aside from having no health care at all, is maintaining a 16 year old Subaru with over 200,000 miles on her, and that seems like a doable amount of stress.

    Being impoverished prevents most people from engaging in their lives in a positive way, from having the energy to even look for a new path that might bring needed change.

    I get what the diarist is saying and wish the opponents of our social safety net could feel, even for one day, the emotions of people caught in poverty.

    •  I had to crawl home to my parents (2+ / 0-)
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      flowerfarmer, ladyrhiannon824

      because I couldn't take care of myself anymore.  I know what poverty is and how screwed up it can make you - read a few of my diaries if you want my opinion of how bad it sucked.

      But my experience is only my experience.  Anecdotal.  Until it is combined with others and more and more and patterns begin to show over all that poverty does indeed consistently produce certain bad results - it's just my shitty life and doesn't mean anything on it's own.

      Ban nock has a habit of dismissing anything that doesn't produce the experience s/he has had - and that's just not cool in my book.

      Personal experience is only the runoff, not anywhere near the damn iceberg of data.

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 10:16:22 AM PST

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