Stats: Americans ‘Snapping’ By The Millions


stressed-out-depressedTerrorism. Chaos. Fear of the future. In the age of Obama, America is undergoing a “fundamental transformation” – that much everyone knows.

But what few seem to realize about this transformation is that the sheer stress of living in today’s America is driving tens of millions to the point of illness, depression and self-destruction. Consider the following trends:

  • Incredibly, 11 percent of all Americans aged 12 and older are currently taking SSRI antidepressants – those highly controversial, mood-altering psychiatric drugs with the FDA’s “suicidality” warning label and alarming correlation with school shooters. Women are especially prone to depression, with a stunning 23 percent of all American women in their 40s and 50s – almost one in four – now taking antidepressants, according to a major study by the CDC;

By the way, things are no better over the pond – and may be worse, according to one major study that concluded almost 40 percent of Europeans are plagued by mental illness.

Note: This report is is excerpted from the April 2013 issue of WND’s acclaimed Whistleblower magazine, “STRESSED AND DEPRESSED: The unreported health crisis of the Obama era.”

What on earth is going on? Why isn’t medical science – and for that matter all of our incredible scientific and technological innovations in every area of life – reducing our stress and lightening our load? Why doesn’t the almost-magical availability of the world’s accumulated knowledge, thanks to the Internet, make us more enlightened and happy? Why is it that, instead, more and more of us are so stressed out as to be on a collision course with illness, misery, tragedy and death?

Most important, what can we do to reverse course? Fortunately, amazingly effective help is available – but more on that later.

‘He wants people to snap’

“Life is difficult,” wrote psychiatrist M. Scott Peck at the outset of his international best-seller, “The Road Less Traveled.” Stress, difficulties, disappointments, accidents, disease, misfortune, cruelty, betrayal – they’re unavoidable in this life.

Yet, during eras when society and families are stable, unified and fundamentally decent and moral – as, say, America during the 1950s – the stress level for each person is minimized, or at least not compounded by a perverse society. Conversely, when – as is the case today – we have widespread family breakdown, a depraved culture that mocks traditional moral values, a chaotic economy and disintegrating monetary system and a power-mad government dominated by demagogues and sociopaths, the normal stresses of life are greatly multiplied.

Thus it has come to pass that America, long the hope of the world, has grown increasingly dispirited and angry, which in turn breeds anxiety, fear, confusion, hopelessness and depression.

After all, let’s face the hard facts: We just re-elected perhaps the worst president in history, someone manifestly obsessed with dismantling traditional, free-market capitalist America and transforming it into a socialist nanny state. That in itself is highly stressful – at least for the roughly half the population that still understands socialism always leads to a profound loss of freedom and prosperity.

Then there’s today’s relentless economic pressures: high unemployment (the actual rate is at least double that of the “official” government rate), foreclosures and bankruptcies, a stagnant growth rate, 11,000 new people signing up for food stamps every single day, rising taxes for the entire middle class whose net worth is simultaneously shrinking, ever-higher prices for food, gas and other essentials – and overshadowing it all, a galactic national debt burden, courtesy of a wildly out-of-control government unrestrained by either the Constitution or common sense.

That, too, is very stressful. Top it all off with an administration continually abusing the public for the sake of enlarging and consolidating its political power – for instance, by purposely making the “sequester” cuts hurt Americans, even our active-duty soldiers, as much as possible.

Make no mistake: This sort of stress on Americans is not only intentional on the part of Team Obama – it is strategic. Remember, these people are revolutionaries (that is, engaged in “bringing about a major or fundamental change,” as Merriam-Webster puts it) and utterly committed to replacing one societal structure – America’s constitutional, limited-government, free-enterprise system – with another – a socialist, wealth-redistributionist system run by an all-powerful government.

Such a radical change cannot be accomplished while Americans are calm, happy, content and grateful for their blessings. Citizens must be unhappy and stressed out. Indeed, widespread popular discontent has always been the required fuel for leftist transformation.

Just reading a few pages into Saul Alinsky’s notorious “Rules for Radicals,” one encounters repeated confirmation that the very key to radical “change” is keeping the populace angry, encouraging their grievances, stoking their resentments and making sure they are continually upset. That is the primary psychological dynamic of “community organizing” – and America today is led by community-organizer-in-chief Barack Obama, a long-time master practitioner and instructor in Alinsky’s neo-Marxist agitation methods.

Top radio talker Rush Limbaugh recently picked up on this normally unspoken aspect of Obama’s modus operandi“I think he wants people to snap,” opined Rush. “I think Obama is challenging everybody’s sanity. Obama [is] literally pushing people to snap, attacking the very sanity of the country.”

Commenting on Obama’s sudden obsession with employing every means possible to deny law-abiding Americans their constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms, Limbaugh exclaimed: “All of this is so in our face. Everything that people hold dear is under assault. Deliberately making people upset! This is not what presidents do.”

It’s not what presidents do – unless they happen to be leftist revolutionaries, in which case “deliberately making people upset” is precisely what they do to accomplish their intended “fundamental transformation.”

We need to realize that Americans could not have twice elected a leader as transcendentally unworthy of the presidency as Barack Obama without first having had their minds and hearts captured. Through constant leftist indoctrination, emotional manipulation, ruthless intimidation – and then being rewarded once they have “converted” – perhaps half of the American electorate has been programmed over the course of decades by a subversive school system and equally perverse “news” establishment. Truth be told, both institutions have become full-blown abominations, occupying as they do near-sacred stations of public trust in American civilization.

Of course, at the nuclear core of the myriad assaults on traditional America is the rejection (at least by society’s elites) of God and repudiation of the Judeo-Christian values that underpin Western civilization. This in turn has led to pervasive societal disintegration and a Pandora’s Box of almost unimaginable problems.

Unfortunately, despite our nation’s growing number of seriously troubled people, psychiatry provides little help. It has evolved in our secular, mechanistic culture to see virtually all mental, emotional and spiritual problems as genetic or physiological in origin. No longer is there any such thing as sin. Nothing is moral or spiritual. Good character, introspection, understanding, repentance and forgiveness, so vital to genuine healing, are now irrelevant. Just write a prescription.

Since the current research fad is to conclude (as the National Institute of Mental Health puts it) that “depressive illnesses are disorders of the brain,” psychiatry has come to rely heavily on altering our brain chemistry by (in the case of depression) tricking it into producing higher levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine. But this forces us to ask an obvious question: What are you talking about? Do you really believe that the 23 percent of American women ages 40 through 59 currently on antidepressants ALL have defective or diseased brains?

Or, is it just possible that, rather than tens of millions of inexplicably damaged brains, much of today’s epidemic of “depression” and other “disorders” has a lot more to do with the prevalence of stress, pressure, confusion, cruelty, anger, injustice, temptation and corruption all around us – and our inability to deal with it without being infected and hurt by it?

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  1. Clearly explained and written.

    Part of these leftist transformationilists methodology includes hiring a bunch of PR duds to hang out on twitter, facebook, and blogs. As such, we can expect some sort of sly comments from them here, without addressing anything in the article.

    Just a sly comment without any substance (no pun intended – as it’ll be loaded with the other substances!).

  2. Suffice to say, the world is changing. The future is coming faster and faster. If you are not threatened by a changing world around you, you are either exceptional, well prepared or too depraved to tell the difference. If you are somewhere in between, the future is a scary prospect and yet it is here so fast.

  3. one reason we are living at such stressful times is because human nature judges things in 3 seconds & looks at things in the negative way, instead of looking at everything positive & with a smile, which beings us to the main point of avoiding stress 24/7-BITACHON & EMUNA-faith & trust in Hashem alone. if you start working on yourself & put your trust in Hashem-that everything Hashem does is for the good etc….then you will never be stressful knowing Hashem loves every one of us & is causing this to happen as a firgoveness for a sin I did C”V (ex. a sickness, robbery or losing a job C”V Etc…)

    start working on yourself now. start a daily learning seder of chovos halevevos or listen to shiurim on chovos halevevos from Rabbi Simcha bunim Cohen or many others on
    Stop depending on others for help. i.e. the USA Government or the rebbe’s bracha etc…
    & go straight to Hashem for help. daven from your Heart with feeling (kavana) & you will be answered as it says in ashrei, Hashem is close to all who call upon him with truth (feeling)


  4. Remember, your mental “break down” may be the beginning of your pathway to Torah and righteousness. And if you are on a Torah pathway and go astray, perhaps your intellectual ability is not entirely blessed in its own capacity. Live long and remember that G-d has sent us many people to help us and also for us to help as well.

  5. Anyone who thinks Obama is the worst President in history is completely ignorant of history. Such a person has no idea who Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Ulysses Grant, or Warren Harding were.

    Second, the writer didn’t take ten minutes to look up historical suicide rates. In 2011, the last year for which data are available, the rate was lower than in 1991.

    Third, the writer is promoting junk science. Depression IS a biological disorder and the mere fact that antidepressive medications work as well as they do is proof of that.

  6. The article is disingenuous in comparing suicides to auto accidents, and suggesting that “millions” are snapping. The total number of suicides in 2011 was 38,364. The reason that suicide deaths now outnumber auto accident deaths is that the rate of auto accident deaths has been plummeting thanks to government intervention to make roads and cars safer: We have approximately the same number of deaths from auto accidents in the US as in 1950, with approximately double the population. Meanwhile, suicide rates have only varied within a small range over that time.

  7. Life (and history) is like a roll of toilet paper: the closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

    Watch out for that cardboard roll!!

  8. Let see….in the morning instead of modeh ani they hear the violent news of the day in great details…video games, movies,dirty jokes, day in and day out without feeding the soul. no surprise…a starving soul will snap!


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