Americans experiencing physical stress symptoms because of the economy

Families who are struggling to make ends meet during the recession are not only feeling the effects in their wallets, but in their emotional well-being, according to a new report from First Command Financial Services.

The financial service provider recently reported that 35 percent of middle class Americans say they or someone in their household has felt a stress-related symptom, including weight changes, sleep problems and lack of energy, resulting from the ongoing economic downturn, CNN Money reports.

"These are health conditions that we want people to be aware of," Kathryn Power, director of the Center for Mental Health Services, told the news source.

Powers says the center's suicide hotline has been contacted more frequently since the recession began, with about 30 percent of the received calls having to do with financial problems, such as job or home loss.

Some Americans may feel better about their finances if they were able to increase their credit scores and qualify for lower interest rates. One way these consumers may get the credit score help they need is by reviewing their credit reports for items that were not reported in compliance with federal law. Any negative mark that appears on a credit record, but which cannot be substantiated by the credit company that reported it, can be challenged and potentially erased.