Friday, January 13, 2012

How the Modern Lifestyle Breeds Depression and Distress

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Andre Evans
Activist Post

Mental illness is a steadily rising epidemic. With nearly half of all Americans set to receive some form of diagnosis for a mental disorder, it’s hardly something that can be glossed over.

Mental health, however, is in a highly compromised state due to all forms of societal changes and technological advances over the last century.

In this modern age, many simple truths about human nature are overshadowed by our demanding lifestyle, and our propensity to gravitate toward forms of instant cures and gratification.

How the Modern Lifestyle Breeds Depression and Distress

Take clinical depression, for example; a fairly common and recognized form of mental illness. The high-stress environment of a modern lifestyle, combined with a lack of personal fulfillment or gratification will quickly lead to where many others have gone, a dark and seemingly endless pit of emotional distress.

It’s normal to have doubts, fears, and anxiety. But how are problems generally dealt with today? Either through the use of dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, (which are interestingly linked to higher rates of depression and suicidal behavior) or by suppressing the emotion with some form of entertainment or escapism.

But these are only surface-level treatments to a foundational issue. The vast majority of psychotropic drugs have been found to be more dangerous, and produce uncertain results, by altering the brain chemistry of an otherwise healthy individual. It’s no wonder that nearly all of these drugs have warnings if your depression becomes worse.

The truth is that because many people are not diligently tending to their mental health, they are easily becoming more distressed. Stress is a huge killer, and reducing stress is crucial. Proper diet and exercise alone can keep stress levels down.

Taking a break from mindless entertainment media also works wonders for those who feel emotionally distressed. Too many television shows, video games, and movies have been found to alter your mental state to a point where you are more likely to feel overwhelming levels of emotional stress.

People follow these things in an obsessive manner, but subjecting yourself to its ceaseless mental attack stops you from having a chance to actually relax and collect your thoughts properly.

What’s more is that people live in an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, without much value for human contact and stimulation. Sometimes, you need to simply talk and connect with people. Talking out problems and concerns often allows you to properly orient yourself to deal with them.

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Anonymous said...

It's tuff to be upbeat in a world that is in decay(intentional). Don't tell big pharma that. They love it.

Anonymous said...

I always knew most people were fucking nuts.

Anonymous said...

"Mental illness is a steadily rising epidemic. With nearly half of all Americans set to receive some form of diagnosis for a mental disorder....."

That includes D.C, and the White House.

Anonymous said...

Depression is what happens when you take a predatory running machine and chain it to a desk.

Anonymous said...

I do not know...But it seems to me that pharmaceutical companies keep producing and marketing (where is the FDA ?) "Special Meds" !
Most of them are not needed, indeed. No doubt that the majority of people living in this country suffer from "ACUTE" Dependence on meds.

Anonymous said...

Great comments and article. So research this, BPA from plastics, high sucrose corn syrup, flouride, chemtrails ie especially aluminum, SSSS or silent sound spectrum spread from media sources, HAARP, thimerosol in vaccines. Good start. We are on to the madness. Love Annie, RN, MLT

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