Researchers at the University of Georgia found that during times of higher unemployment, the use of antidepressant and antianxiety drugs rises. Using 21 years of data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey of Physicians, the researchers found “effects too large to be explained by just those losing their jobs, which suggests recessions have a significant impact much broader than those directly affected by the job loss.” Said one author: “people were not necessarily depressed because they didn’t have a job, but maybe because they were afraid of getting laid off.” The researchers also noted that in areas with higher medical coverage, more people receiving medical assistance may result in more prescriptions for depression.
Bradford, D., Lastrapes, W.; A Prescription for Unemployment? Recessions and the Demand for Mental Health Drugs. Health Economics. Online August 19, 2013. DOI: 10.1002/hec.2983
Of further interest:
Mental Illness Prescriptions Increase During Recession Period: Study (Sunday Times)
Imagine, anxiety being caused by actual life events! What a concept!
But not EVERYONE gets anxious about losing their job or being unemployed. So those who get anxious about it must have a CHEMICAL IMBALANCE that makes them unnecessarily worried about the possibility that they may become homeless or starve to death. NORMAL people don’t worry about these things. They just roll with the business cycle and starve quietly off the road somewhere where they won’t bother anyone.
I entered the state of the SACRED (scared scared – it is a High Level of fear). I went far beyond it into terror and then surpassed the terror into pure telekinetic energy (supernatural).
That’s how I learned that fasting (or in my case, starvation) ACTIVATES the Spirit (aka psyche).
Unemployment is disengagement. We ALL have a need to be busy and occupied (business and occupation). The level of stress from disengagement can be ____________________. The answers to fill in that blank might look eerily similar to psychiatric symptoms, no?
*scared sacred not scared scared.
Is the edit feature ever coming back? Life is messy, we have to be able to hide the mistakes. What better way to hide them than to fix them!
Are you saying that having a sense that you are a valuable and contributing member of society with some purpose to your life has an impact on your mental health, too? Wow, now THAT’S a radical concept!
I love your sarcastic comments Steve!