AS well as emptying the nation’s pockets the economic crisis has also spoilt their love lives, researchers have found. Parallel to the deterioration in Spain’s economy from 2008 onwards, psychologists began to notice new behavioural patterns and mood swings in patients.
A team of investigators from the University of Alcala de Henares, led by psychologist Isidro Perez Hidalgo, interviewed patients to learn why and discovered that 76 per cent said the present financial situation had made their relationships more complicated.
Anxious and, in some cases, depressed, they now enjoyed sex less than before the crisis, they admitted.
Eighty-two per cent suffered more physical complaints than prior to having money problems while 64 per cent of the people interviewed slept less well than before. Fifty-two per cent admitted that they were more aggressive than before and another 52 per cent said they no longer enjoyed their spare time as much as before.