Stess Pandemic: Millions Of Americans Are Starting To Crack

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Has you felt like people are getting a lot edgier? More nervous? More fearful, depressed and just plain nuts?

Me too – and as it turns out, people really are going bats:

 

“As a doctor, I can tell you that stress has reached pandemic levels, though many still hold back from admitting it to themselves or their peers. Our normalcy bias prevents us from taking notice that tens of millions of people in Western countries are dropping like flies from illness, depression and self-destruction. I came across this article by David Kupelian on Americans’ health and agreed with some of the observations made about the dire state of affairs:

  • Suicide has surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of injury death for Americans. Even more disturbing, in “the world’s greatest military”, more U.S. soldiers died last year by suicide than in combat.
  • Fully one-third of U.S. employees suffer chronic debilitating stress, and more than half of all “millennials” (18 to 33 year olds) experience a level of stress that keeps them awake at night, including large numbers diagnosed with depression or anxiety disorder.
  • Shocking new research from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that one in five high-school-aged children in the U.S. has been diagnosed with ADHD, and likewise a large new study of New York City residents shows, sadly, that one in five preteens – children aged six to 12 – have been medically diagnosed with either ADHD, anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder.
  • New research concludes that stress renders people susceptible to serious illness, and a growing number of studies now confirm that chronic stress plays a major role in the progression of cancer, the nation’s second-biggest killer. The biggest killer of all, heart disease, which causes one in four deaths in the U.S., is also known to have a huge stress component.
  • Incredibly, 11 percent of all Americans aged 12 and older are currently taking SSRI antidepressants – those highly controversial, mood-altering psychiatric drugs with the FDA’s “suicidality” warning label and alarming correlation with school shooters. Women are especially prone to depression, with a stunning 23 percent of all American women in their 40s and 50s – almost one in four – now taking antidepressants, according to a major study by the CDC.
  • Add to that the tens of millions of users of all other types of psychiatric drugs, including (just to pick one) the 6.4 million American children between 4 and 17 diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed Ritalin or similar psycho-stimulants. Throw in the 28 percent of American adults with a drinking problem, that’s more than 60 million, plus the 22 million using illegal drugs like marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants, and pretty soon a picture emerges of a nation of drug-takers, with hundreds of millions dependent on one toxic substance or another – legal or illegal – to “help” them deal with the stresses and problems of life.

Likewise, the CDC has reported that antidepressant use in the U.S. has increased nearly 400 percent in the last two decades, making antidepressants the most frequently used class of medications by Americans aged 18-44. The U.S. population makes up 5% of the world population, yet are prescribed two-thirds of all psychiatric drugs used worldwide. If this is not a sign of looming mental health collapse, I don’t know what is!

With so many people on meds, I think we can basically say that the U.S. is a ‘zombie nation’. People are so out of touch with themselves and with reality that they think they have to use anti-depressants in order to ‘go back to normal’, not realizing that the reason why reality is shitty is because it is sending them a strong signal to sit up and take notice. Instead, taking mind-numbing drugs makes them even more ignorant of what is going on around them – the false-flag attacks, the fireballs raining down from the sky and Earth changes (read the rest)”

 

In the rest of the article, Dr. Segura makes some good suggestions on how you can deal with the ravages of stress without resorting to drugs and alcohol. For me, fear is a good motivator, though it can sometimes be overwhelming to think about the future and imagine how my children are going to get through the dark days ahead.

Gardening is my outlet. Rows of vegetables, buckets of corn and piles of sweet potatoes bring comfort, as does simply working on something beautiful in the outdoors.

What’s your relief for stress? Leave a comment and let me know. Unless you’re too afraid.

About David The Good

David The Good is a naturalist, author and hard-core gardener who has grown his own food since 1984. At age five, he sprouted a bean in a Dixie cup of soil and caught the gardening bug. Soon after, his dad built an 8’ by 8’ plot for him and David hasn’t stopped growing since. David is the author of four books, writes a regular column for The Ag Mag in North Central Florida, is a Mother Earth News blogger and has also written for outlets including Backwoods Home, Survival Blog and Self-Reliance Magazine. You can find his books on Amazon here. David is a Christian, an artist, a husband, a father of seven, a cigar-smoker and an unrepentant economics junkie who now lives somewhere near the equator on a productive cocoa farm. Visit his daily gardening and survival blog here: The Survival Gardener And for lots more gardening info, click here and subscribe to his often hilarious YouTube channel.

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16 Responses to “Stess Pandemic: Millions Of Americans Are Starting To Crack”

  1. RKae Says:

    Fear not! Modern computer science will end all this stress by inventing lots of new “time-saving” gadgets that will make life easier and give us all sorts of free time!

    Oh. Tried that?

    Um… well, medical science will invent all kinds of new drugs that will just shut the stress off and we’ll all be…

    Oh.

    Um… Well, maybe the next round of gadgets and drugs will save us.

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    • David Goodman Says:

      Yes! Once we automate everything and get just the right “happy pills,” we’ll be peachy. Heh.

      BTW, I’m a total Marx Brothers fan. When I was a kid, my little sister would put on my baggy clothes and jacket and do a perfect Harpo impersonation.

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  2. Vicky Says:

    Frankly, I depend on prescription meds. My husband and I are both still working, despite being considerably past retirement age. Both jobs are quite stressful although fairly lucrative. We know SSI and pensions aren’t going to be there, and we’re coming off twenty years of a meltdown in my husband’s field, during which we lost everything. All of our kids are now grown and gone, but saving up for retirement is impossible at this point, plus we still have a mortgage.
    We are in good physical and mental health and as long as we can do the jobs, we’re going to. Fortunately, both of our jobs are “niche” jobs and cannot be outsourced easily, or given to younger, cheaper workers. However, I dream every night about being cold, starving and homeless and doubt that dream will ever go away.

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    • David Goodman Says:

      Have you considered ditching the mortgage? I did that a few years back, rented for a while, saved up and nailed down a modest foreclosure home debt-free. Heck, you can sometimes live in your house without paying for a year or two if you want to go that route. Credit scores don’t matter if you swear off the debt.

      As for the stress… yeah… a lot of people feel the way you do, Vicky. I’ll send up a prayer you find personal peace.

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  3. Piper Michael Says:

    Thank you for the ongoing confirmations of the Aetheric compression.
    Darkness, what is it? What does it do?
    The cycle of madness, the Universe is a rational place.
    Amazing that the volcanoes, earthquakes, weather, animals, the Sun, the planets, and MAN, all, experiencing ‘anomalies’…eh?

    If you see the Darkness that has arrived, and see what dark energy means, then understand, everything is all One.
    When one thing goes into deep cycle, everything does. Prepare prepare prepare, the love of many waxes cold, and it will soon be time to see brother against brother, and black against white, perhaps for the Earth to sway like a drunkard. This is new science, not religion. The Aether Science of God, not New Age nonsense, but the Unified Field of Enoch and Einstein.

    For something wicked this way comes.
    http://pipermichael.wordpress.com/something-wicked-this-way-comes/

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  4. Lara Says:

    I listen to soothing Hebrew folk songs..most are literal scripture n the original language! Just tonite I was stressed about money and family stuff and I watched YouTube video and sang the words…realizing that simple hebrew song was scripture and ministering to me! ‘Israel, trust in the LORD forever”. Strengthening my faith in the LORD! Also, loving on my kitties calms me.

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    • David Goodman Says:

      Sounds like a nice evening to me. I only know a few words of Hebrew, but it’s got a solid visceral quality that connects with me (much like Arabic, which I have studied).

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  5. Polargold Says:

    Willard Water is my suggestion for stress – has a pH of 12+/-. Whenever you’re under stress you produce acid so you need to address this – Willard Water is a concentrate and is diluted – it also lowers the surface tension of water making it wetter so it can more easily enter cells – the XXX dark formula also provides over 50 minerals and is a natural cleanser.

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  6. jbw Says:

    I play original jazz tunes on guitar

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  7. Gina Tee Says:

    No drugs – prescription or otherwise. For me -keeping my mind clear is a daily process that includes the following: 1. Conscious deep breaths whenever I think to do so. 2. Knowing that what I focus on expands – so I choose to focus on the things that thrill me. 3. Knowing that I have infinite energy for what thrills me. 4. Joseph Campbell: “Follow Your Bliss” 5. Music that lights me up – like this: http://youtu.be/WSUFzC6_fp8 6. Understanding that happiness is a CHOICE. 7. Listening to inspirational & motivational individuals like Louise Hay, Abraham-Hicks, Gregg Braden, Bruce Lipton, Dr. Joe Dispenza & Dr. Wayne Dyer. 8. Choosing JOY every. single. day. 9. Working with my thoughts and my emotions by understanding that just like there are “junk foods” that can harm us physically – there are “junk thoughts” that can do equal if not greater damage. In short – Being Awake, Aware & Alive – so that life is about THRIVING… not surviving!

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    • David Goodman Says:

      I agree with you, Gina. I avoid all drugs as well, with the exception of moderate amounts of caffeine and home-grown tobacco. You definitely do need to cut out the downer junk in life in order to really feel well. I actually installed a blocker on my computer that filters out my former favorite news sites and political blogs. I was feeling the negativity. Since then, the difference in my mood and productivity after doing so has been remarkable. Now I’m forced to either be productive and read more gardening and homesteading sites that lift me up, rather than chew me down.

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    • David Goodman Says:

      Here’s what I listen to when I need a boost:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V92OBNsQgxU

      It thrills my Teutonic heart.

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