You don’t have to be crazy to be liberal, but it helps.
That’s according to a new study that finds white liberals are more likely than conservatives or moderates to report a clinical diagnosis of mental illness.
“Sixty-two percent of Whites who classify themselves as ‘very liberal’ or ‘liberal’ have been told by a doctor they have a mental health condition, as compared to 26% of conservatives and 20% of moderates, The Washington Times’ Kelly Sadler writes, citing a Pew Research Center survey.
“Young White people who identified as ‘very liberal’ were almost one and a half times more likely to report mental health problems than those who considered themselves ‘liberal,’” Sadler writes.
The study also found over half of liberal white women report being diagnosed with a mental illness.
The study was published in 2020, but came to public attention in April after a posted about it on Twitter.
1/n Two interesting findings thus far from my analysis of Pew's March 2020 COVID-19 survey. First, white (and especially 'very') liberals are far more likely than all other ideological-racial subgroups to report being diagnosed with a mental health condition. pic.twitter.com/RynS9lk0jR
— Zach Goldberg (@ZachG932) April 11, 2020
While the disparity in mental illness diagnoses is attributed by some to liberals’ increased openness to seeking mental health treatment, some note there could be a natural correlation, as liberals are shown to be likely to believe false claims about conspiracies, police brutality and COVID death rates.
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