Thursday, November 29, 2012

Urban Stress

Are you stressed? I know I am. In fact, the other day, even the crack addict who lives downstairs cornered me and told me I needed to "chill". I always thought it was just my boys driving me crazy, but then I come across this article in Nature: Stress and the city: Urban decay

In 1965, health authorities in Camberwell, a bustling quarter of London's southward sprawl, began an unusual tally. They started to keep case records for every person in the area who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder or any other psychiatric condition. Decades later, when psychiatrists looked back across the data, they saw a surprising trend: the incidence of schizophrenia had more or less doubled

Was that because people were having more kids? Nope. Turns out population had remained about the same.

“It seems that cities may be making us sick,” says Jane Boydell at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, who led the Camberwell study.

Wow. I get stressed just thinking about that. Who would I be without San Francisco? Can Urban Mommy become Suburban Mommy? And where are the mental illness stats for the suburbs? I'd like to see the data before I move. If I had to guess, I'd say the numbers are even more concerning.


  1. Stress is natural for us, in fact sometimes stress could make us feel that we are still humans. There are many factors that can trigger stress, one common thing is work and just being tired but it doesn't mean we cannot do anything about it, we should stand and face it.

  2. I like that, "stand and face it." Good words to live by.