Bummed out? You’re not alone.

Not sure about you, but I’ve had more than my share of freakout lately.  Seems as though I’m not alone.  My doc says he has about 6 to 10 patient discussions about depression each day.  Plus, this recent Chris Rose column puts it as only Chris Rose can put it:

It has been said to me, almost a dozen times in exactly the same words: "Everyone here is mentally ill now."

Some who say this are health care professionals voicing the accumulated wisdom of their careers and some are laymen venturing a psychological assessment that just happens to be correct.

With all due respect, we’re living in Crazy Town.

The only lines at retail outlets longer than those for lumber and refrigerators are at the pharmacy windows, where fidgety, glassy-eyed neighbors greet each other with the casual inquiries one might expect at a restaurant:

"What are you gonna have? The Valium here is good. But I’m going with the Paxil. Last week I had the Xanax and it didn’t agree with me."

We talk about prescription medications now like they’re the soft-shell crabs at Clancy’s. Suddenly, we’ve all developed a low-grade expertise in pharmacology.

Everybody’s got it, this thing, this affliction, this affinity for forgetfulness, absent-mindedness, confusion, laughing at inappropriate circumstances, crying when the wrong song comes on the radio, behaving in odd and contrary ways.


552 Responses to “Bummed out? You’re not alone.”

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    Brian, there seems to be a problem with the link. I found the article here:


    The site may ask you for your zip code, yob, and gender as part of a survey. But after that you get directly to the article.

    Ah, good old Chris Rose. I looked through some of his other articles. I laughed, cried and scowled. But ultimately the articles made me homesick.

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