Our mental health heavily influences our quality of life, so it makes sense that mental health, just like physical health, needs to be taken care of and maintained. One way that it can be maintained is through finding a sense of community, however, the way we are living today in Western society has created a big problem of loneliness. 60% of Americans report they don’t have a single person to go to in a time of crisis and in a struggle. This disconnection from one another has created endemic loneliness and isolation for many people. Loneliness has been shown to have similar health effects as smoking, or being overweight. The progressive disconnection from ourselves and other human beings is at the root of the problem with the way we are living.
On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, I talk to Dr. Omid Naim about why society is so sick, what is contributing to the epidemic of mental health disorders, and how we need a new model for addressing chronic health conditions. We discuss how unresolved trauma and grief underlie most chronic health conditions. We also talk about what it really means to be in community and how we have an innate capacity to heal under proper conditions.
Also mentioned in this episode:
Broken Brain Podcast Episode #20 – Depression and Trauma: Looking Beyond Medications with Dr. Omid Naim – https://drhyman.com/blog/2018/09/14/bb-ep20/
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger http://www.sebastianjunger.com/tribe-by-sebastian-junger
The True Believer: Thoughts on The Nature of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer – https://www.amazon.com/True-Believer-Thoughts-Movements-Perennial/dp/0060505915
Aging in an Era of Fake News Study – https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0963721420915872
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