Recent data out of the National Health Institute on the rise of anxiety amongst the general population has been called into question – particularly around the methodology used to obtain information about the disorder. Polling over 1,000 people in shopping centres across the country, Doctor Bill Yalater (41) of Adelaide has questioned how these results could possibly be accurate given the very nature of people with anxiety.
“If a person suffers from anxiety is walking through a shopping centre, the last thing they are going to do is stop and talk to someone with a clipboard,” said Doctor Bill. “Anxious people tend to avoid social interaction, so by their very nature they would exclude themselves from such a survey which is meant to represent their community.”
Making a good point, the National Health Institute has declined to comment, instead dispatching more clipboard holders to further explore those who suffer anxiety. Rather than lurk in shopping centres, these clip boarders will now visit areas where more anxiety-prone people dwell, such as TABs, rugby grounds where the Wallabies are up against the All Blacks, and anywhere pot is being smoked.