Is high socioeconomic status a risk factor for mental illness? if so, why?


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Jaimie JT answered

I don't think money has anything to do with your mental well being ... Exept if you're rich and nuts you're referred to as " eccentric " if you're broke and nuts you're just a basket case ... BASKET CASE !!! Alright alright alright :)

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Didge Doo answered

It's not a problem unless you make a habit of riding too many camels through too many needles' eyes. I'm with Gator Blu on this: Mental health problems are equal opportunity ailments. Any of us are likely to go down the gurgler given the right kind of a push.

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Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
Did you Really!!!
Dozy that is so interesting...Jake came up with the theory independently that the twisted trees were because of Coriolis...

And of course, if it affects the Gurgler and the twist of trees, it would impact those tossing javelins! Did anyone contact you about your piece with evidence or commentary?
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
I don't remember. It was one of my Tall Tales columns.I got a lot of feedback on those ... and a fair amount of notoriety.
Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
Oh yes...I remember those ...
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Virginia Lou answered

Dear Anonymous that is a very intriguing question!

And I am going to say the answer is YES, high SES is indeed a risk factor for mental illness. However, a quick review online turns up lots of studies, and ALL of them find low SES correlates with mental illness. But two things:

1. First, the famous saying attributed to Sophocles (c. 496-406 BC);             "Look and you will find it - what is unsought will go undetected."                    So, everybody assumes poverty goes along with mental illness, and so that is where we look; doing expensive studies to "prove" it.                                      But if you are rich then as Jaimie points out, you are just eccentric.

2. In Old Europe, wealth was considered a sign of God's favor therefore whatever wealthy people do must be RIGHT. If you are rich, then whatever you do is just defined as "normal," maybe even admirable, or at least nothing worse than "affluenza."

However I think upper class people are at risk for mental illness, and here is why: If you are poor and unhappy, then you can always believe that you would be happy if you were wealthy. But what if you ARE rich and you are STILL unhappy? Money did not make you happy so what have you got then?

Well maybe that terrible hopeless experience of the face of wealth and you are still not happy, maybe that can drive people into mental illness.

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btw if this is homework pls be careful because this is all just speculation on my part...

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KB Baldwin commented
Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
'Good-morning,' and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich - yes, richer than a king -
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.
Virginia Lou
Virginia Lou commented
That is very poignant, KB Baldwin...and you already know it is exactly what I was talking about.

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