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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