Student debt does not equal mental illness

Financial stress can trigger mental illness, but only in those people who are already susceptible, explains Gordon Flett, a York University psychologist and Canada Research Chair in personality and health. People who suffer from anxiety and depression are prone to it because of a negative self-image, which is likely caused by genes, adverse experiences early in life, or a combination of both. Mental illness can be exacerbated by all kinds of things – $30,000 student loans included – but that doesn’t make it a cause, reported Maclean’s Sept. 30. Read full story.