This news hit the press this week:
"Antidepressant use in the U.S. doubled from 1996 to 2005, according to a new report in the August issue of Archives of General Psychiatry. During that decade — the last period in which data were available — the percentage of Americans using antidepressants surged from less than 6% to more than 10%, or more than 27 million people." SOURCE: Time Magazine
This statistic begs the question, if we are the world's greatest nation and we are living "the dream", then why is 10% of our population on anti-depressant drugs? I find this stat staggering, yet not surprising. I believe that during the Great Expansion (1982-2000), our populace was drunk on credit and in pursuit of material things. A shallow existence was not as fulfilling as we believed it to be. I'll restate one more time. This contraction is "good news". It will bring us back to deeper, less materialistic, more spiritual, and civic-minded human beings. You see, this is optimism!!!