Mental Health

I replied to a mental health thread on Reddit, and I thought my response was so spot-on that I should record it here as well:

I think a lot of modern “mental health” problems arise out of our separation from Nature. We weren’t meant to live this way; our bodies don’t understand our urban environments.

We used to have very few, much more serious, problems. Eat, sleep, find shelter, protect the family, reproduce. That was about it. Now we have many more, but less serious, problems. Schmoozing with coworkers, impressing the boss, career progression, vehicle maintenance, extracurricular activities, plumbing that always breaks, more laws than can be counted, etc. Problems are interpreted as threats, so they trigger our fight-or-flight response. Neither is appropriate, so the threats go unsolved, and manifest over time as anxiety. Continue reading “Mental Health”