Report: Stock trading takes mental, physical toll on Chinese

17:11, June 01, 2011      

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Some 61 percent of stock traders on the Chinese mainland suffer from prolonged negative moods and other mental problems, according to a report released by the Chinese Hospital Association and three other institutions on Tuesday.

According to the report, more than 11 percent of Chinese stock investors feel chronically fatigued, more than 9 percent suffer from dysphoria, nearly 9 percent have apatheia and 21percent feel lonely, depressed and disconsolate to varying degrees. Nearly 40 percent reported having a positive mood, of which a little more than 9 percent claim that they are totally satisfied with their health conditions.

Furthermore, nearly 13 percent of investors suffer from heavy life pressures, nearly 9 percent fear social activities, 8 percent have mental tension, 4 percent distrust others and nearly 2 percent has contemplated suicide.

The survey lasted for four months and collected a total of nearly 377,000 samples, of which 57 percent are male and nearly 43 are female, and more than 55 percent have a bachelor degree. What's more, 74 percent of respondents have other chronic health conditions, such as cervical spondylopathy, fatty liver, obesity, cardiovascular disease, gastrohelcosis and diabetes.

Han Xiaohong, president of China urban resident's health condition committee, points out that the long-term tension can lead to the disorder of restraint and stimulus function of the cerebral cortex, which could result in insomnia, anxiety, depression, autism, envy, fatigue, emotional disorders and a series of other problems.

She also suggests that investors should be aware of the risk of stock market and pay attention to both economic benefits and mental fitness.

By People's Daily Online
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