If being unhappy is ‘unbearable suffering,’ then the precedent for vulnerable people, particularly the elderly and sick, is clear: Smile and don’t complain, or risk lethal injection.
New study finds 24 percent of Americans demonstrated clinically significant symptoms of major depression and 30 percent revealed signs of generalized anxiety.
Carrying the weight of a parent’s unhappiness is a heavy burden for a child. It makes sense that children prone to self-blame would develop anxiety from their mother’s depression.
If the American public stays home en masse even after public officials lift stay-at-home orders, the ‘re-opened’ economy will look nearly as morose as the current one.
Eight to ten days after they were quarantined due to the spread of COVID-19, more than half of participants in a fresh study reported the psychological effects as ‘moderate or severe.’
While this shutdown has already done enormous damage, it is the uncertainty about when and how it will reopen that could prove far more destructive in the long run.
It is vitally important, literally life and death, that the proper costs and benefits are weighed with the decision on how much and how long to shut down economic activity through the pandemic.
The AP’s statement has no basis in reality. There is currently no body of research that demonstrates people are less likely to take their lives in time of economic hardship.
What to do about the U.S. economy in the wake of the Wuhan virus? The answer requires a mix of both short-term suppression and then long-term mitigation.
Keeping the economy humming along like normal was never an option. Even without government intervention, much of our society would eventually shut down on its own.
Federal and state governments are making a massive gamble about a little-understood new virus. They are betting our future on the most extreme worst-case scenario without considering the costs.
Today’s era of despair, ennui, and selfishness can find remedies within ageless wisdom that the church reformer Martin Luther offered to his depressed friend 500 years ago.
Holidays are always hard in blended families. I was a reject from a twice-broken family, and I didn’t know what to do with myself at holidays other than hide.
For too long, suicide has been in the dark, whispered about, handled with shame. But death, for the Christian, is not the end of all things. In Christ, there is hope.
The holidays present a wonderful, idyllic (and idealized) opportunity to gather and reunite with friends and distant loved ones, but can also heighten a sense of isolation.
Conservatives and libertarians should take note of this new strategy that could be used to restrict gun rights under the guise of safety.
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