Anxiety in mothers caused by poverty, not mental illness
The 2011 Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study found that Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) was very common among the poorest mothers in its sample, according to this article in The Atlantic.
However Judith Baer, DSW, an associate professor of social work at Rutgers University, wondered whether these women truly had the disorder.
Baer reanalyzed the data and found the anxiety of these mothers is often caused by the poverty they live in and not from mental illness.
For instance, mothers who received free food were 2.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with GAD and mothers who had problems paying utilities were 2.44 times more likely.
“That’s the point,” Baer said, “That psychiatry has gone so far… that they’re confusing what’s happening in every day life with mental disorder.”
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