Friday, November 18, 2011

Et tu, Instapundit?

The good professor repeats the shock headline of the week:

One in four American women take medication for a mental disorder

Read it for yourself, but it just doesn't pass the rigorous Ragged Individualist statistical smell test. It's too reminiscent of the hubbub raised in the nineties when we were told that there were more complaints of wife abuse on Superbowl Sunday than on any other day of the year. That was eventually shown to be false, and I expect this will be, too.

Of all the women I know, not one took medication in the past year for a mental disorder -- and a couple of them should have [rim-shot]. Does that hold true for you? Maybe you know a woman who did, but a quarter of them? I'm not sure at this point if the suspect statistic was put out to encourage the taking of anti-depressants or to discourage it.

But I'll bet it was one or the other. Shame on everyone for giving it credence just on the strength of its having shown up in the papers.

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