The Blind Leading The Blind and Both Are Falling Into Ditches!
Emotional pain is the #1 disease in America today. Why did I label it as a €dis-ease€? Take a look at the following observations from the American Psychological Association:
€New poll shows stress on the rise, affecting health, relationships and work Americans say housing costs an added stressor in 2007
One-third of Americans are living with extreme stress and nearly half of Americans (48 percent) believe that their stress has increased over the past five years. Stress is taking a toll on people €" contributing to health problems, poor relationships and lost productivity at work, according to a new national survey released today by the American Psychological Association (APA).€
Money and work continue as the leading causes of stress for three quarters of Americans, a dramatic increase over the 59 percent reporting the same sources of stress in 2006. The survey also found that the housing crisis is having an effect on many, with half of Americans (51 percent) citing rent or mortgage costs as sources of stress this year.
Nearly half of all Americans report that stress has a negative impact on both their personal and professional lives. About one-third (31 percent) of employed adults have difficulty managing work and family responsibilities and 35 percent cite jobs interfering with their family or personal time as a significant source of stress. Stress causes more than half of Americans (54 percent) to fight with people close to them. One in four people report that they have been alienated from a friend or family member because of stress, with 8 percent connecting stress to divorce or separation.
''Stress in America continues to escalate and is affecting every aspect of people's lives €" from work to personal relationships to sleep patterns and eating habits, as well as their health.€
Ok, so how are we as a society handling our stressed-out state? According to statistics an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older €" about one in four adults €" suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. And, as a result, 1 in 4 people are taking some type of mood altering, psychotropic drug. Which means that 25% of the people you encounter have no clue who they really are. I don't know about you but for me that's pretty scary.
Looking at this in broader terms, we have people who are the walking wounded or smarting from emotional pain trying to hook up with people on €mood altering€ drugs or who literally don't know who they are AND forming relationships. It is any wonder then why our relationships have been and are so disastrous. Or, why €Blind Dating€ sites are so numerous and popular now-a days? It's €THE BLIND€ leading €THE BLIND€ and both are falling into relationship ditches.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?