This Is How Poverty Really Affects The Brain

10-15% of the U.S. population lives in poverty - and an even larger group of people lives under financial and/or socioeconomic stress. Which brings us to this increasingly important question: how does poverty affect the brain? What are the mental health implications of living in poverty?

We had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a professor of psychology and the former chair of the American Psychological Association (APA)'s Committee on Socioeconomic Status. She dives into how poverty affects the brain and explains why the need to address this massive mental health crisis is so urgent. She also sheds light on how the lack of economic resources can easily affect one's stress levels.

Dr. Ramani also breaks down the many unexpected ways in which poverty affects the livelihood of children. This impact starts before that child is even born.

Other questions Dr. Ramani addresses:

  • How does poverty affect someone's outlook on life?
  • How does poverty affect our neurology, and our actual ability to think and to plan?
  • How does poverty lead to anxiety and/or depression?
  • How does poverty affect a child's life and chances for success?
  • What can parents living under financial stress do to make sure their kids maintain their mental health?

You can follow Dr. Ramani on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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