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FYI: Poor New Yorkers report significantly higher rates of “emotional distress,” such as depression and anxiety, that impacts their daily lives than the rest of the city, a new health department study shows. The latest data from the city’s summer 2002 survey of 10,000 residents shows 55 percent of people reporting significant emotional distress live in households that earn less than $25,000 a year. Hispanics reported these problems far more often than other racial groups, with 11.9 percent saying they had experienced emotional distress in the last 30 days. That rate is more than twice that of any other racial or ethnic group. [4/30/03]