An old dis-ease is on the rise! Its name is depression – a close cousin of anxiety – and it’s afflicting an ever-increasing number of people. Covid-19 is certainly a significant part of this disease’s diet but there are many other causes too.
In 1835 a man visited a doctor in Florence. He was filled with anxiety and exhausted from lack of sleep. He couldn’t eat and avoided his friends. The doctor determined that he was in prime physical condition, but concluded that his patient needed more exposure to the company of people who would cheer him up. So the doctor told him about a circus in town – and its star performer, a clown named Grimaldi. “You must go and see him,” the doctor advised. “Grimaldi is the world’s funniest clown. He’ll make you laugh and cure your sadness.”
“No,” replied the despairing man. “He can’t help me. You see, I am Grimaldi!”
Fortunately, this issue of mental health is receiving much more publicity…