Wellness Is The New Sickness

Oh, no. Here we go again. Mental illness more common than thought claims this United Press International article out of North Carolina. I guess it pays not to think.

The prevalence of anxiety, depression and substance dependency may be about twice as high as the mental health community has thought, U.S. researchers say.

Anxiety, depression and substance dependency…Okay. What mental illnesses were you referring to?

Duke University psychologists Terrie Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi and colleagues from the United Kingdom and New Zealand used data from a long-term study of more than 1,000 New Zealanders from birth to age 32.

The researchers say people vastly underreport the amount of mental illness they’ve suffered when asked to recall their history years after the fact, but self-reporting from memory is the basis of much of what is known about the prevalence of anxiety, depression, alchohol dependence and marijuana dependence.

There’s more mental illness out there than we’d previously thought. What we need is more men in white suits traveling in vans and ambulances. Alright, boys, go round up nervous people, bums, bluesaholics, beeraholics, recreational drug users and other annoying folk.

Should you be snagged. Don’t worry, man, woman. You have to put a positive slant on this development, and ‘recover’ as they put it. Education is key. Like, hey! Now that you’ve been found out the skies the limit! You might be washed up in your old line of work, but you can consider pursuing a career as a psychologist, a sociologist, a social worker, a human services worker, a life coach, or a peer support specialist no sweat. Haven’t you heard? This is the chance of a lifetime. Sickness is the new boom industry.