Sunday, July 8, 2012

Mother's little helper: still helping

There is a lengthy and entertaining - in a gallows humor sort of way – piece at Alternet about how the extended job insecurity that this lousy recovering lousy recovering … economy is inflicting on us. It is all great fun, but one particular portion was interesting to me.

Lynne Parramore, Alternet, 3 July 2012 (hat tip: NC)

Anxiety disorders now plague 18 percent of the U.S. adult population –- a whopping 40 million people. Only half that number are affected by mood disorders. The drug alprazolam — familiar by its brand name, Xanax — was prescribed 46.3 million times in 2010, making it that year’s bestselling psychiatric drug. Prozac, the happiness-and-optimism pill, has been pushed aside by a medication meant to just help you get through the day without collapsing in a puddle of anxiety.

It’s easy to see the appeal of popping a Xanax. A recent survey by the American Psychological Association paints a picture of workers on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
• Sixty-two percent say work has a significant impact on their stress levels.
• Almost 50 percent indicate their stress levels have increased between 2007 and 2008.
• Forty-five percent of workers say job insecurity has a significant impact on stress levels.

I number of years ago, I had a young friend who was one of those prescription abusers users of Xanax. She certainly swore by it.
If I recall correctly, Valium, before it got a bad rap was the number one prescription medication in the United States. The Rolling Stone’s “Mother’s Little Helper” dates back to 1966 and peaked at #8 on the Billboard Singles Chart. It was discussing Nembutal.
So while I understand that job insecurity is certainly not a lot of fun – working in the construction industry has certainly made me familiar with it – we have been finding ways to chill for some time now.

I suspect it has more to do with living in the modern world interacting with genetic predispositions, than any specific cause.


PioneerPreppy said...

My Friends in high school and I had a saying.

Never do a chick on Lithium.

Heh it was the early 80's ya know.

russell1200 said...

PP: LOL - reminds me of the Nirvana song. I guess Lithium is for the Manic-Depresive types -now popularly known as "bi-polar".

I think Lithium just kind of dulls you out a little. It's not the kind of drug that you would normally "abuse". That being said the gal with the Lithium prescription would be very interesting if she forgot to keep up with her dosage.