In today’s tough economic environment, stress from financial debt may be putting Americans at greater risk for health problems including ulcers, depression and heart attacks.

A recent Associated Press-AOL Health poll found that among people reporting high-debt stress, 27 percent had ulcers or digestive tract problems; 29 percent suffered from severe anxiety; 23 percent had severe depression; 44 percent experienced migraines or other headaches; 51 percent had muscle tension and 6 percent reported heart attacks, twice the rate for people with low-debt stress.

A financial counselor or advisor can help you get your debt under control. In the meantime, however, it is important to learn what the biggest causes of stress in your life are and find healthy ways to relieve it. Click here to learn more about the causes of stress and how to manage it.