"Can Poverty Lead to Mental Illness?"
After a mother killed her four young children and then herself last month in rural China, onlookers quickly pointed to life circumstances.
The family lived in extreme poverty, and bloggers speculated that her inability to escape adversity pushed her over the edge.
Can poverty really cause mental illness?
It's a complex question that is fairly new to science. Despite high rates of both poverty and mental disorders around the world, researchers only started probing the possible links about 25 years ago.
Since then, evidence has piled up to make the case that, at the very least, there is a connection. People who live in poverty appear to be at higher risk for mental illnesses.
They also report lower levels of happiness.
That seems to be true all over the globe. In a 2010 review of 115 studies that spanned 33 countries across the developed and developing worlds, nearly 80 percent of the studies showed that poverty comes with higher rates of mental illness.
Among people living in poverty, those studies also found, mental illnesses were more severe, lasted longer and had worse outcomes. And there's growing evidence that levels of depression are higher in poorer countries than in wealthier ones. This says Johannes Haushofer, an economist and neurobiologist who studies interactions between poverty and mental health at Princeton University.
(The extract above is from NPR, npr.org, column "Goats, and Soda.")
"Can Poverty Lead to Madness?"
In a word yes.
What sort of stupid arrogant first world farting through silk bulimic American Express question is that. Being very poor or very rich leads to madness. Period.
( Btw I use the image of poor white kids because the majority on Public Assistance in this sad ragged fucked up Republic are children, ...white children. Yet the popular common belief that it's able-bodied drunk stoned womanizing young Black men. Them living high on the hog. This while good decent white folks are paying their bills continues. Thank you Fox News thank you Republican Party.)
Said Thomas Jefferson: "...I tremble for my Country as I know that G-d is just...)
So can being busted fucked over hungry under constant assault by our assorted social system cause madness? Are you shitting me...are you fucking ass kidding. I should kick the shit out of you for just standing there in your designer sun glasses asking something like that.
But okay to your fucked up Question.
Though I only know about being poor, and later being sort of middle class. Being middleclass makes you neurotic which is different than actually drooling madness,...close, but different.
I've been very poor in my time. I went without eating regularly for nearly half a year. I had no home. I lived in the rain, and snow. I was desperately ill with no insurance. You know what,...I was lucky because there were so many even worse off...yeah you 'can' be worse off.
My sense of who I was began to drift.
However I was fortunate that I was educated, and also a writer. So I kept a journal as well as photos of my time of hardship. Scraps of my dignity survived. This kept me sane...some what. That is how I was able to come back.
Most however do not come back. The ones that have no options no network of family friends, and intuitions. Their only possessions are themselves their desperate situations, and their madness.
They stay out there losing parts of themselves a little every day till there's nothing left but echoes of echoes of who they once were. All this 'should' have been at the center of this election instead of the circus we got.