Gracchus (1125 posts)April 21, 2017 at 4:28 am
More Americans suffering from stress, anxiety and depression, study finds.
I am not sure if this was posted already but I thought this was an interesting article.
More Americans suffering from stress, anxiety and depression, study finds.
This comes after that latest happiness survey where Americans slipped in the global happiness rankings. I definitely think people seem more stressed, depressed and anxious. A lot of people I know are depressed. I also see people resorting to self-medication with alcohol and pills.Pastiche, OzoneTom, Spanishprof27 and 5 othersdavidthegnome, id-entity, Enthusiast, OCMI, mmonk like this
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duckpin (764 posts) (Reply to original post) April 21, 2017 at 4:37 am
1. I agree. There are several sociological markers for misery and depression
that are advancing like decrease in life span among certain groups; increasing OD’s; increasing rates of suicide; domestic violence; and spikes in reported depression.
An economic depression is also a cause of human depression and stress and since the recovery was only for the top 10%(approx), the majority are still suffering from the banker-induced crash that Bush and Obama so poorly handled. No hope no change. Wait’ll the lies of Trump become apparent to most of his supporters and I am afraid we’ll see much more of the same."Sometimes I feel like Fletcher Christian..."
iggy (155 posts) (Reply to original post) April 21, 2017 at 5:15 am
2. Stop watching TV!
Stop listening to other people telling you what to think and do. This goes for a lot of venues besides the Tube. Talk with others like we do here. Don’t wait for others to solve the problems. Fix your World and others will follow.
A Million rEvolutions.
id-entity (2015 posts) (Reply to iggy - post #2) April 21, 2017 at 5:40 am
4. Aho.Disclaimer: You are free to reproduce, distribute, interpret, misinterpret, distort, garble, do what you like, even claim authorship, without my consent or the permission of anybody.
iggy (155 posts) (Reply to id-entity - post #4) April 21, 2017 at 6:45 am
Enthusiast (6622 posts) (Reply to original post) April 21, 2017 at 5:16 am
3. Both political parties worked together to destroy opportunity for middle income
NAFTA and the rest. And they are not done. Obama was pushing the TPP right up to the presidential election.
Of course the American people are suffering from stress, anxiety and depression. Both political parties are treating the American people as if we are the enemy.
Stop abusing the American people!"The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. There would be no place to hide." Frank Church
id-entity (2015 posts) (Reply to Enthusiast - post #3) April 21, 2017 at 5:45 am
5. Well, also the "middle income people"
needed the bottom to trample and pee on. To abuse bottom American people, bottom global people. So Welcome to the bottom, middle people. <3
davidthegnome (950 posts) (Reply to original post) April 21, 2017 at 6:49 am
7. I think this has been the case for a while.
Certainly since my lifetime began, the trend is towards greater depression, anxiety, stress, etc. We live in a fast paced world that does not have a great deal of compassion for those of us living on the bottom – and the middle is quickly joining the rest of us down here. When they spoke of economic recovery, new jobs created and whatnot – they ignored very relevant data in regards to wages, benefits, available opportunities in general. They also tended to ignore the declining health (mental and physical) of those of us on the bottom. They largely ignored the fact that the “recovery” had to do with the rich getting richer, gaining greater profits and so on, while everyone else took wage cuts, moved into smaller homes, or lost their shirts altogether.
If we consider (I do not know if this is Maine state wide or Nation-wide, but I suspect the latter) that the average person who receives food stamps receives 1.37 to spend per meal… or that people with four year degrees and more are working at fast food restaurants, Walmart and other such places… if we consider that millions still have no health insurance… well, the way in which things have changed is that they have gotten worse, for all but those on top.
Some democrats have told me that “The job numbers look good! Wages are improving! Things are getting better!” Or at least they used to, during the Obama years. The truth is that none of those things are really true. The job numbers went up – the quality of jobs went down. The unemployed data also leaves out millions of people in it’s counting, the long-term unemployed or those it determines have “given up”. Wages, in order to keep up with productivity and the cost of inflation, cost of living and so on… would have to be closer to 15-20 an hour (at least) for the working poor. Instead, in most parts of the Country it is well below 10. While those of us earning the minimum wage appreciate the wage increase, our employers are taking it out of our hides, as well.
I believe that it is all directly related. The economic issues lead to the others, either in causing them or making them worse. Much of the middle class is either blind to it, ignorant of the reasons why – or does not care. The wealthy are even worse, for the most part… this is what many of them want.
I remember some democrats speaking, years ago, about how we should be careful not to create a “servant class” among the Latinos, the problem is…. that servant was – and is, already there. It is not limited though, by ethnicity, but by poverty. Those of us living in it work for those who tend to resent us for being poor. Some lucky few may not have to… but for the time being, the poor are a great scapegoat for pretty much all of society’s ills, especially as we tend not to fight back, being too busy trying to survive.
It’s really… absurdly sad and depressing, the true state of affairs. Many prefer to deny them, many prefer to ignore reality – but the numbers, the suffering, the darkness is there… for those who care to acknowledge it. They say ignorance is bliss – but there is a price to pay for it. In time, what remains of the middle class will mostly join our ranks, if they have not already. Perhaps when they realize that they are us, change will come.
Until then… cake anyone?“There is no distinctly native American criminal class save Congress.” - Mark Twain
Betty Karlson (3016 posts) (Reply to original post) April 21, 2017 at 10:17 am
8. Having had suicidal thoughts for three weeks now, I'm enclined to agree.
If the leaders of the world had one third of the level of stress I am experiencing because of my ongoing depression, they would immediately resign and / or change their disastrous policies.
It is considered bad form to wish ill on one’s enemies, but I really hope the decision-makers of this world will suffer a collective mental breakdown. Fuck them."Someone hacks the DNC allowing all of America to see how the DNC operates as one of the most corrupt political machines in national history. Ergo, Hillary Clinton should be installed as President by judicial fiat. And if you do not agree to this scheme you deserve to be brought up on charges of treason because fascism." - NUGrrl, december 2016 “Once a person has been determined to be an UNTRUSTWORTHY LIAR, their pretend stances on important issues are simply not relevant to rational discussion.” – Ida Briggs, September 2016
duckpin (764 posts) (Reply to Betty Karlson - post #8) April 21, 2017 at 10:57 am
9. First & foremost: I wish you the best & hope you quickly return to normal.
Second, instead of wishing ill on those who deserve it, I try and remember Clarence Darrow when he said: “I’ve never killed anyone but I’ve read many an obituary with great pleasure.” I agree with you in that there are people who are worse than a waste of space."Sometimes I feel like Fletcher Christian..."
Betty Karlson (3016 posts) (Reply to duckpin - post #9) April 21, 2017 at 2:33 pm
10. Thanks for the good wishes
The day Clinton dies, I’ll fly a rainbow flag at full mast.
The day Debbie Wasserman Schulz dies, I’ll ask my neighbors for a Palestinian flag to fly at full mast.
The day Trump dies, I’ll fly a white flag at full mast. With an olive branch perched on top. Peace celebrates the warmonger’s death.
Although on second thought, maybe I should fly the white flag and the rainbow flag side by side. Both with Trump and with Clinton dead.
And when it comes to their obituaries: I hope that the venom launches at Nancy Reagan (may the bitch rot in Hell) will sound mellifluous compared to what is published about *him* and *her*."Someone hacks the DNC allowing all of America to see how the DNC operates as one of the most corrupt political machines in national history. Ergo, Hillary Clinton should be installed as President by judicial fiat. And if you do not agree to this scheme you deserve to be brought up on charges of treason because fascism." - NUGrrl, december 2016 “Once a person has been determined to be an UNTRUSTWORTHY LIAR, their pretend stances on important issues are simply not relevant to rational discussion.” – Ida Briggs, September 2016
duckpin (764 posts) (Reply to Betty Karlson - post #10) April 21, 2017 at 2:53 pm
cascadiance (1648 posts) (Reply to Betty Karlson - post #8) April 21, 2017 at 2:54 pm
12. Betty, I can completely understand your sentiments…
I’ve been pushed in to similar feelings myself. Between all of my immediate family dying out except for a sister who like me is undergoing complete financial problems due to employment and other problems that have been pushed on to us by our government’s created crises and has moved away from this part of the country physically as well as these stresses creating a rift between us now that has us incommunicado. I’ve had similar problems with another person I know who I’d considered a friend earlier where both of us are facing financial and health problems and not being able to have jobs where I’ve had to put some people like that a person at a distance from me, when they are also more interested in me just helping them financially (which I’m not really able to do and keep from being homeless myself within a year), and not trying spend more time together as friends to do other things than just give each other money. I have feeling these stresses are happening to so many people now.
And what aggravates this is dealing things like taxes this week, where I feel like I’m being SCREWED in the way that the wealthy neoliberal and conservative elites that currently run our lives are not when I’m forced to pay a 10% POOR TAX penalty on my early withdrawal of IRA funds as my only assets now that can keep me from being homeless at the moment. I’d like to wait a year and a half where I don’t have to pay that “tax”, but I can’t do that now. On the same F’ING DAY, as my earlier post indicated, I see how even HCAO program dental coverage still tries to just screw me out of my money instead of providing the health coverage I need without having to pay completely out of pocket to keep my mouth from rotting out the next year before they will pay to get any kind of coverage to fix for things like an onlay and a tooth cavity filling that they won’t pay for (and no other insurance company won’t pay for as a preexisting condition now).
When we are all now feeling pressures of being screwed by things like tax laws, health insurance infrastructure (or the LACK OF IT!), and how it affects us and keeps many of us who should be closer to us divided because each of us can’t afford to help each other out without screwing ourselves that much more to a point of failure, it isn’t hard to see how these conditions can lead to so many more people feeling depression and even suicidal tendencies.
When you see Trump and Republicans in charge trying to destroy things further after the Democrats have totally f’d up with their own selfishness and not working for their base any more, it is easy to see that there isn’t any real hope in the near future for fixing so many problems that are beating us down NOW that won’t perhaps even wait another election cycle before needing to be resolved.
Being able to talk with people here and other similar politically minded groups is SO valuable at this time to help bring together people facing these issues together with the same mindset on what is needed so that we can work together not only politically but personally to help each other out.
I’m also trying to find ways to bring together what I think will be a growing Turkish immigrant community from their crisis so that they know someone cares about their crisis too if they feel everyone is screwing them if they move here away from Turkey now. It will help me also be closer to those people I’ve known living in Turkey in the past (both Turkish and American).Vote AGAINST the race to the bottom by both corporate parties who seek to screw workers over globally!
Gracchus (1125 posts) (Reply to Betty Karlson - post #8) April 21, 2017 at 3:38 pm
13. Hang in there.
Life is hard these days but it can get better. I also get frustrated reading about these callous elites who only see people as numbers not actual human beings.
Hope you feel better.