Among the four types of interventions examined, talking therapy that focused on inappropriate thought processes – a lack of self-worth, a lack of perspective and a skewed idea of how trustworthy others are and how they perceive you – had the largest impact.
Loneliness is a modern epidemic isn’t it? Isn’t it fascinating that no matter how many bridges people build to communicate with others, humans still find a way to construct walls?
via Loneliness is a modern epidemic in need of treatment – opinion – 30 December 2014 – New Scientist.
There was an earlier study that showed that up to 1 in 4 adults in the US people had mental health issues. I suppose it makes it difficult for healthy people to find other healthy people to have relationships with. However studies show that face to face conversations help mental health. Studies show that children with mental health issues are often bullies. I wrote about some of the signs of good mental health and behavior.
Mental health problems are linked to so many difficult situations. Homeless, drug use, prostitution, debt, boredom, and Internet addiction among others. Strangely we criminalize mental health problems instead of treating them like other countries. Places like Portugal use a medical approach to drug addiction and their rates of both crime and drug addiction are lower than ever before. Even heads of countries gathered to speak to Obama to see if there was another way to approach the losing war on drugs. I believe in evidence based approaches and when you spend 40 years and drugs are a bigger problem than ever, then clearly the war on drugs has failed.
We have many modern epidemics and many modern fantastic changes in the world. For example the use of cigarettes is at an all time low! If you quit smoking by 40 there are special health benefits. Amazing how forgiving nature can be isn’t it?