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Recessions Are Not Good for Your Mind

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Posted on Nov 18, 2010
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According to the government agency with the fun acronym SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2009 was no party in terms of adult Americans’ mental health. One in five adults, in fact, suffered from some kind of mental illness, and it just might be the case that external circumstances such as relentless unemployment and health care issues could have played a role.  —KA

Reuters via MSNBC:
Young adults aged 18 to 25 had the highest level of mental illness at 30 percent, while those aged 50 and older had the lowest, with 13.7 percent, said the report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA.

The rate, slightly higher than the previous 19.5 percent figure, reflected increasing depression, especially among the unemployed, SAMHSA, part of the National Institutes of Health, said.

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By gerard, November 18, 2010 at 8:50 pm Link to this comment

Sex addiction, rage over titillating body scans, increase in troop suicides, increase in U.S. population’s mental illness especially among younger people, cell phones suspected of creating brain damage, failure of compassion, government conniving, financial crimes of huge proportions, educational systems graduating only idiots or feckless elites,  unethical congressmen, greedy entrepreneurs and war mongers, failure of liberals, rise of volatile religious and political fanaticism, inability to control nuclear weapons—what else is wrong?  It’s as if even “liberal” news perveyors like Truthdig are determined to help bring down the ceiling.
  Surely this is not “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”  And yet ... where’s the rest of the world, what are other people doing, what are some of us doing out in the boonies, who’s who in the front lines of science, art and literature?
Who’s helping to create “peaceful tomorrows,” to quote a phrase?  Or are we nothing but a bunch of cry-babies?

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