August 24, 1995 in Nation/World

A No-Brainer: Are New Yorkers Crazy?

Compiled From Wire Services

Crime, dirt, crowding. You’d have to be crazy to live in New York, right?

Maybe the answer will come after the Big Apple puts itself on the psychiatrist’s couch.

New York plans a $40,000 study to assess the mental health of a city synonymous with madness to millions of Americans.

New York is where former Mayor Ed Koch became a hero by lambasting critics as “wackos” and “insane,” where a mental patient dubbed “The Wild Man” became a pseudo-celebrity by terrorizing Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

But the folks involved in the study make it clear that the city’s psychiatric well-being is no laughing matter.

“The headlines make it sound like a joke, but there’s a whole variety of circumstances that create pressure on people that may contribute to their mental health - or lack thereof,” said Yeshiva University dean Sheldon Gelman.

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