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Financial Instability Is a Mental Health Crisis

The only place I learned about financial trauma was in therapy

Illustration: Olivia Fields

My eyes are hot and tearful. I’m trembling, as my gasps for air grow increasingly difficult. I’m trapped. I can’t move. The words “I’m a failure” repeat in my mind incessantly as I stare at my bank account’s negative balance. I’ve experienced panic attacks countless times over…

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