Los Angeles-based psychiatrist Dr. Mark Goulston says that a fragile mind can be pushed over the edge by a April Fools prank, and can have lasting traumatic effects on a person.
He explains, Just like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the potential damage of an April Fools prank gone wrong depends on how uptight the person being fooled is.
Dr. Goulston says that a prank on an especially wound up person whos on the brink of a nervous breakdown can be the straw that breaks the camels back and sends them to the loony bin.
He also warns pranksters to lay off the cruel jokes this year, since people are dealing with serious issues like job loss, bankruptcy, and depression.
Though a trick may seem like the way to lighten up during these tough times, Dr. Goulston says the joke will be on you if a friend goes off the deep end because of your prank.
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