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Bite the Big Apple -- don't mind...

Posted Oct 22 2008 6:16pm

Bite the Big Apple -- don't mind the maggots.
Maybe it's the relentless pace of city life. Maybe it's all that asphalt and concrete -- and the resulting lack of a regular connection between New Yorkers and nature. Maybe it's the way you can feel more lonely in a big city like New York than you can feel anywhere else. Whatever the cause, according to a recent New York Times article, "Thirteen percent of adults who answered the city's survey last year reported that their mental health was 'not good' on 14 or more days of the month, compared with 10 percent in a similar national survey that measured 'frequent mental distress,' like stress, depression or other emotional problems."

This comes as no surprise to me. NYC's where I've experienced some of my worst bouts of panic and depression.

There's a note of hope in this article, though: "In 2004, the city began urging doctors to use a simple questionnaire to screen for depression. This month, the city will bolster that effort with an advertising campaign urging New Yorkers to see a primary-care doctor if they experience signs of depression."

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