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Readers question mental health research

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10:39am, April 5, 2017

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People who stay mentally healthy throughout life are exceptions to the rule, a small study suggests. Only 17 percent of study participants experienced no bouts of anxiety, depression or other mental ailments from late childhood to middle age, Bruce Bower reported in “Lasting mental health may be unusual” (SN: 3/4/17, p. 7).

Reader Lou Floyd found the article disturbing and the research hard to believe. “I have to question any set of characteristics that results in declaring that 80 to 85 percent of a given population is abnormal. A more likely explanation might be that the definitions of the various possible mental maladies are overly broad and

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