Mental health is an umbrella term for psychological, emotional, and social well-being. Your mental health determines how you think, feel, and react. Certain unwanted situations and medical conditions in life including trauma, changes in brain chemistry, family history of mental health issues, etc. can potentially affect your mental health and cause serious issues. If you are suffering from mental health issues, you will experience symptoms like excessive sleep, low energy, smoking, drinking, severe mood swings, illusion, etc. Mental health issues can potentially lead to family conflicts, poverty, unhappiness, self-harm, and even suicide. According to WHO data, one person dies every 40 seconds.
According to a recent study conducted by the scientists of the American Academy of Neurology, the sudden financial hit can cause compromised brain health, especially in adults. The researchers suggest that single or multiple dips in income can lead to poor cognitive skills and memory.
“Our exploratory study followed participants in the US through the recession in the late 2000s when many people experienced economic instability,” said the study’s lead author Leslie Grasset from the Inserm Research Centre in France. New York:
Young adults who experienced annual income drops of 25 per cent or more might be more at risk of having thinking problems and reduced brain health in middle age, a study said. “Our exploratory study followed participants in the US through the recession in the late 2000s when many people experienced economic instability,” said the study’s lead author Leslie Grasset from the Inserm Research Centre in France.
“Our results provide evidence that higher income volatility and more income drops during peak earning years are linked to unhealthy brain ageing in middle age,” Grasset said.
Participants reported their annual pre-tax household income every three to five years from 1990-2010. Researchers have examined how often income dropped as well as the percentage of change in income between 1990-2010 for each participant.
Participants were given thinking and memory tests that measured how well they completed tasks and how much time it took to complete them. The study found that people with two or more income drops had worse performances in completing tasks than people with no income drops.
Participants with more income drops also scored worse on how much time it took to complete some tasks. The results were the same after researchers adjusted for other factors that could affect thinking skills, such as high blood pressure, education level, physical activity and smoking.