More Britons are turning to drink to cope with the recession, according to doctors.
GPs say tough times mean their patients are drinking more, exercising less and suffering more anxiety – and the middle-classes are particularly hard hit.
One in six family doctors also believe that patients have asked for an abortion because of financial worries.
Overall, three out of four GPs questioned for a survey said the economic downturn was making people more unhealthy.
Almost eight out of ten reported an increase in new cases of mental health disorders linked to stress caused by the economic climate.
Of these, more than half believed the biggest rise had been in symptoms suggesting a clinical condition, including obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and panic disorders.
Men have been noticeably more affected by depression, the doctors said, but added that they had diagnosed three times as many women as men with irritable bowel syndrome.
Two-thirds of GPs felt there was an increase in patients drinking more alcohol, and almost half believed they had seen an increase in serious alcohol abuse.
When it came to smoking, more than a third of GPs believed that increasing numbers of patients were giving up or cutting down to save money.
More than half believed patients were cancelling sporting activities for the same reason, or because of greater pressure at work.
And more than a third of those surveyed thought there had been a rise in patients putting off starting a family until their financial security improved.
At least 17 per cent believed that patients had specifically requested terminations because of financial concerns.
Among those GPs, 37 per cent thought the biggest increase was among middle class women.
Similarly, of the GPs who felt there had been a rise in anxiety or depression, 40 per cent felt the middle classes were worst affected.
But no social group has been left untouched by hard times, according to the survey by Insight Research Group, which specialises in healthcare.
The survey gathered opinions from 300 GPs about how the nation's health has been affected by the economy since 2008, based on their experiences with patients and their concerns about job and financial security. It also included more than 40 in-depth interviews.
Richard Kunzmann, of Insight Research Group, said: 'The GPs we surveyed felt that worries over financial security coupled with many people working longer hours have raised our stress levels.
'This has not only led to an increase in various mental health disorders but has also influenced other aspects of our life and wellbeing – from family planning through to levels of exercise.
'The middle class has been especially affected by the turbulence of the economic recession – amongst all of the conditions that were investigated, GPs routinely associated the increases they've seen with middle Britain.
'But these pressures are not limited to one demographic either – married women and single women were both as likely to request a termination due to financial concerns.
Ann Furedi, of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said 'Financial circumstances often play a role in women's decision-making when faced with an unplanned pregnancy.'
She added: 'Against the backdrop of a recession, it is not surprising that some doctors are reporting an increase in the number considering abortion because of their financial predicament.'