Skip to comments.City dwellers suffer most stress
Posted on 06/26/2011 2:56:08 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
"In addition, the incidence for schizophrenia is almost doubled for individuals who are born and brought up in cities.
"These values are a cause for concern and determining the biology behind this is the first step to remedy the trend."
He and colleagues studied a series of brain scans from healthy volunteers from rural and urban areas to reach their conclusion.
Dr Pruessner said: "These findings suggest that different brain regions are sensitive to the experience of city living during different times across the lifespan.
"Future studies need to clarify the link between psychopathology and these affects in individuals with mental disorders.
"These findings contribute to our understanding of urban environmental risk for mental disorders and health in general.
"They further point to a new approach to interface social sciences, neurosciences and public policy to respond to the major health challenge of urbanisation."
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I agree. Then, there are those like me who are introverted (I'm border-line) and who can't stand to be in crowded areas for long without an opportunity to be alone to recharge. Many of them are probably unaware of their introversion (I found out during blanket Meyer-Briggs testing in the military at age 38) and only know they are miserable.
Which came first, the “chicken” or the “egg?”
The push to get us all on mass transit and into high-rises is NOT the route we want to take.
Your ‘affliction’ will probably serve you well. Especially when this urbanized America finds out its foodstuffs and support mechanisms are really only 4-5 day’s deep in terms of supply. Being urban in the times coming when this ball of wax called debt melts is certainly going to suck.
.....paid for of course by the "rich."
I reckon we’ll see the full potential for ‘psychopathology’ in urban environs when thinge get really tough. Never get between the herd and a cliff...
Well isn’t that interesting? Whatever this bunch sows, we reap and it ain’t pretty.
I reckon the stress of living armpit to armpit has imbalanced them a mite.
It's likely to get uglier.
I was stuck in Pontiac, MI for three years and I can tell you I almost (and definately started) to go fugnuts with the constant chaos and having to be on alert almost the entire time.
Like unstable people, they think their unstable environment gives them more insight into ‘reality’ than people in more stable circumstances.
Much like the Parisians who started the revolution and ended up butchering half the nation for the sake of their philosophy. It all starts in the cities.
When I started to read a story recently, in which one sentence starts “Although I agreed with most Portlanders that increased density was better than urban sprawl...” I knew that its viewpoint would be so far left as to make the story unreadable. Because who in their right mind genuinely wants to live crammed like bees into tiny apartments in mammoth buildings?
The stress of being crowded, the filth and vermin—it’s not surprising that people living in those conditions have a higher incidence of mental illness.
This brings to mind the song by FEAR called, “I Love Living in the City”.
Animals don't like living cooped up in cages.
Animals don't like being forced to live with other animals that are different than themselves, particularly animals that are prey don't like being forced to live with predators.
Predators that go unchecked become more vicious and will prey just for fun and not for food.
Hmmmmmmm..........? I remember back a million years ago in my intro to psychology class where the instructor said that if you forced too many rats to live together, they started to display homosexual behavior. Hmmmmmm.....?
Some recent reports indicate that SS and Medicare/Medicade offer up as much as $100 Trillion in liabilities. The money ain't gonna be worth nothing if one could get it. So they aren't going to be able to truck in enough gas, milk, eggs, butter, bread, beans, etc. to make a difference. Gonna get nasty out there when we default and the world realizes it and acts on it.
It could be that people with this condition are drawn to the cities because they offer more facilities for their problems.
Like San Francisco.