Archive for July 14th, 2012
An extraordinary trend in mental illness (Reuters, July 13,2012): an increase in the prevalence of reported anxiety disorders of more than 1,200 percent since 1980.
In that year, 2 percent to 4 percent of Americans suffered from an anxiety disorder, according to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders, used by psychiatrists and others worldwide to diagnose mental illness.
In 1994, a study asking a random sample of thousands of Americans about their mental health reported that 15 percent had ever suffered from anxiety disorders. A 2009 study of people interviewed about their anxiety repeatedly for years raised that estimate to 49.5 percent – which would be 117 million U.S. adults.’
Reading this immediately I called my shrink and he tells me that anxiety is good for me.
This is coming from one who has raked through my psyche with a garden rake for these past five years! All the worms he could unearth he said were enough to feed the schools of sardines from Persian Gulf to Straits of Sumatra.
Do I suffer from anxiety?
No whenever I am anxious about where my next meal coming from my stomach churns up and kills any thought of food.
If I fear I miss the boat I take the train of thoughts that lead to nowhere.
But my shrink says a life going nowhere takes the edge out of Paxil. So I have a new worry. Is Paxil folding up before my very eyes?