From eNewsletter 11/27/2023
DID YOU KNOW that 70% of Americans believe that disinformation, mainly from news and social media, has a negative effect on society and well-being? It has gotten to the point these same Americans cite family and friends as their most trusted sources of information.
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DID YOU KNOW that according to new research from Demography, an American born in 2019 will spend a larger share of their lifetime taking prescription drugs than being in their first marriage or receiving an education?
Moreover, American males will spend approximately 48% of their lives taking prescription drugs. The number jumps to 60% for females.
This is absolutely unacceptable. Our goal has, and always will be, to make sure this does not happen to our clients if at all possible.
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PAIN AND MENTAL HEALTH
Steve: Two new studies exhibit the inextricable connection between physical health and mental health.
A study from journal PAIN found that nearly 1 in 20 adults in the U.S. experience the co-occurrence of chronic pain and anxiety or depression, resulting in functional limitations in daily life.
Chronic pain along with symptoms of anxiety or depression are biologically linked. This study is one of the few to examine the national prevalence of chronic pain with anxiety or depression symptoms in adults.
Adults with chronic pain were approximately five times more likely to report anxiety or depression symptoms compared with those without chronic pain. And, among all U.S. adults living today with unremitted anxiety or depression, the majority are people who also have chronic pain.
Additionally, the effects of co-occurring anxiety or depression symptoms and chronic pain negatively affected daily activities more than either condition alone. Nearly 70% of people with co-occurring symptoms reported limitations at work, more than 55% reported difficulty taking part in social endeavors and almost 44% were more likely to have difficulty doing errands alone.
The second study from BMJ Mental Health has found that individuals with severe mental illness are almost twice as likely to report physical multimorbidity, when a person is affected by any combination of chronic disease with at least one other physical health condition, including metabolic diseases, hypertension, epilepsy, respiratory, vascular, kidney, and gastrointestinal diseases, as well as cancer.
This is why when evaluating anything mental, we take into account the physical, and vice-versa.