Sick, sick, sick, all of you

Europe, according to this Reuters report, is a hotbed of mental illness:

Europeans are plagued by mental and neurological illnesses, with almost 165 million people or 38 percent of the population suffering each year from a brain disorder such as depression, anxiety, insomnia or dementia, according to a large new study.

With only about a third of cases receiving the therapy or medication needed, mental illnesses cause a huge economic and social burden — measured in the hundreds of billions of euros — as sufferers become too unwell to work and personal relationships break down.

Whatever can they mean, listing insomnia and dementia right next to each other? Are they somehow comparable? Or do they need insomnia to pad the numbers?

And no, I’m not mocking insomnia. I’ve had it, and had it bad. I’ve also spent days on suicide watch. Trust me, insomnia is trivial by comparison.

Peter, more cynical than I, detects the hand of the Almighty State:

With almost four out of every ten Europeans ‘suffering’ from what the survey defines as a ‘mental illness’ (many of which I would dispute are mental illnesses at all), European psychologists and their allies can now argue for massive increases in their State funding.

That phrase “social burden” gives it away, doesn’t it?

(The preceding has been brought to you by the Ministry of Love.)

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