Originally created 09/10/04

CDC's depression study didn't ask about Mondays



Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.

- Albert Camus

My wife, the source for most of my medical information, tells me that a recent study found most Americans feel sad or depressed three days of every month.

"Four," I corrected her between bites of my cornflakes. "They're called Mondays."

She scowled, and I quickly changed the subject to something cheerful, but I have since found she was right.

This summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed how more than 166,000 American adults answered the question:

"During the past 30 days, for about how many days have you felt sad, blue, or depressed?"

The average was three - 3.5 days for women, 2.4 days for men.

Also, young people tend to have more "blue" days than old people.

The CDC was studying all this because sad people get sick more often.

There were other findings, but most of them weren't surprising.

The CDC does not appear to have asked the most important question: "Which days are most depressing?"

Bet it was the one between Sunday and Tuesday.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

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TODAY'S JOKE: Speaking of health, the new hospital employee looked inside a room at the end of the hall and discovered an elderly man, already dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet.

"You must be ready to go," the employee said. "Let me call for a wheelchair."

The old man said he didn't need one, but the hospital worker insisted that such procedure was required and must be followed.

After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let her wheel him to the elevator.

When they reached the lobby, the employee asked if his wife would meet him outside.

"I don't know," the man said. "She's still upstairs in the bathroom, changing out of her hospital gown."