Are you wondering if you are one of the many Americans that are struggling to live in the real world?
Here’s a short “reality checklist” that might help.
Answer “yes’ or “no”
* Do you carry a loaded gun to church on Sunday?
* Do you believe the US government is a threat to your freedom?
* Do you consider loud music a threat to your life?
* Is the word Muslim just another word for terrorist?
* Would you kill someone who threatened you with popcorn?
* Do you believe cable news is real news?
* Do you believe reality TV is real?
* Do you believe good people need a gun to defend themselves against bad people?
* Can you tell the difference between good and bad people?
* Do you believe dark skinned people in hoodies are dangerous?
* Do you believe in evolution?
* Do you believe Iraq had WMD?
* Do you believe Obama is a muslim?
* Do you believe school teachers should be armed?
* Do you believe shopping centers are dangerous?
* Do you use medication to fall asleep?
* Do you use medication for anxiety?
* Do you believe every American should own a gun?
* Do you need more than 2 guns for self-defense?
It might be helpful to know that a large number of Americans suffer from at least 3 (if not more) mental illnesses;
1) Neurosis (Anxiety Disorder)
Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry about everyday things.People with the disorder, which is also referred to as GAD, experience exaggerated worry and tension, often expecting the worst, even when there is no apparent reason for concern. They anticipate disaster and are overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues.
Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality that usually includes:
False beliefs about what is taking place or who one is (delusions)
Seeing or hearing things that aren’t there (hallucinations)
Paranoid personality disorder is a mental health condition in which a person has a long-term pattern of distrust and suspicion of others, but does not have a full-blown psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia. Persons with paranoid personality disorder are very suspicious of other people. As a result, they severely limit their social lives. They often feel that they are in danger and look for evidence to support their suspicions. They have trouble seeing that their distrustfulness is out of proportion to their environment.
This is born out by looking at the number of Americans who are prescribed anti psychotic medications,
Anxiety and anxiety related conditions negatively impact individuals, and our society:
40 million people in the U.S. will experience an impairment because of an anxiety condition this year.
Only 4 million will receive treatment, and of those, only 400,000 will receive proper treatment.
Those who experience anxiety and stress have a very high propensity for drug abuse and addictions.
Further statistics show:
65% of North Americans take prescription medications daily, 43% take mood altering prescriptions regularly.
There were over 3.3 Billion prescriptions filled in America in 2002 (12 times the U.S’s population – that’s 12 prescriptions for every man, woman, and child in the U.S. that year).
Paxil and Zoloft (two of the more popular anti-anxiety medications) ranked 7th and 8th in the top ten prescribed medications in the US (these two medications totaled almost $5 Billion in sales in 2002).
Americans now spend over $750 million annually on over-the-counter sleep aids, and over $2 billion annually on prescription sleeping pills. This is a 23 percent increase since 2006 and a 60 percent increase since 2000. Medical experts and sociologists wonder if widespread insomnia has become a “cultural benchmark,” the most obvious symptom of an exhausted, anxious society.