Since money plays such a big role in everyone’s lives, rich or poor, it seems we should have no problem talking about it. After all, public discussions about gay marriage and legalizing marijuana are fairly commonplace and money isn’t nearly as controversial as those topics, right? Wrong. According to a survey conducted by Wells Fargo, 44 percent of Americans feel that personal finance is the most difficult topic to discuss, trumping death, politics and religion.
Overwhelmed by debt? You may want to get your blood pressure checked.
A new study from medical researchers at Northwestern University found that people struggling with excessive debt are not only more stressed out than folks with smaller loan payments; they’re also more likely to have higher blood pressure and clinically significant depression — setting them up for serious health problems as they age.