I've been hearing that, because of Obama's Great Recession, people "drop out of the workforce" after their 99 weeks of unemployment run out.
Which didn't make any sense to me. I mean, you still gotta eat. How can you just "not look for work anymore"?
Turns out folks are simply switching government handout programs to one that doesn't show up in the "official" unemployment figure: disability.
Are people actually becoming mentally ill from chronic unemployment?
Um... sure, why not.
On the other hand, back when he was a vagabond rock musician, my perfectly sane brother (not the blogless one that comments here occasionally) bragged that he got on disability by claiming that he had "voices in his head."
Yeah, it's that easy.
All it takes is either a complete lack of shame, or a strong enough sense of desperation.