Dr. More! Paging Dr. More!

March 13, 2009

I really don’t mean this as any comment on the veracity of the claim (I haven’t the intellectual capacity right now — and won’t for another week — for anything but bemusement), but ladies and gentlemen, Ms. Peggy Noonan:

“The sale of antidepressants and antianxiety drugs is widespread. In New York their use became common after 9/11. It continued through and, I hypothesize, may have contributed to, the high-flying, wildly imprudent Wall Street of the ’00s. We look for reasons for the crash and there are many, but I wonder if Xanax, Zoloft and Klonopin, when taken by investment bankers, lessened what might have been normal, prudent anxiety, or helped confuse prudent anxiety with baseless, free-floating fear. Maybe Wall Street was high as a kite and didn’t notice. Maybe that would explain Bear Sterns, and Merrill, and Citi.

“Gun sales continue up. … “Smith & Wesson stands for protection.” People are scared.

“In Manhattan, Catholic church attendance appears to be up.

“I spoke to a Manhattan-based psychiatrist who said there is an uptick in the number of his patients reporting depression and anxiety.”

One of her conclusions?

“Something is happening.”

Ah, those dread latter days!  Lapsometers at the ready, boys and girls!

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