When I begun writing the series I decided to conduct a research to learn are conditions such as; complex PTSD, Schizophrenia, depression, anxiety complex, emotional offset migraine, unexplained headaches, sociopath and psychopathic tendencies and phobias (the list is too long to name them all.) are more common in the modern era or just more openly talked about than long ago. Is modern life killing us? Some would say yes. While others say no.
I don’t think they are more common. I think it’s more acceptable to talk about them. I can remember when it wasn’t acceptable to mention anything having to do with mental faculties and that wasn’t very long ago. Depending upon where you lives it still isn’t.
Schizophrenia is one that I find most misunderstood. It’s a serious mental illness that can be disabling without care. About 1% of Americans have it. People with the condition may hear voices, see imaginary sights, or believe other people control their thoughts. These sensations can frighten the person and lead to erratic behavior. Every major world religion is based on a lot of activities that would be considered schizophrenic. It is not the same as multiple personality disorder.
I found that the assessment of all of these depends on who you ask or mainly who is doing the study. In some religious groups hearing the voice of God or angels is considered a blessing not a mental illness. The person exhibit no erratic behavior or is frighten about it.
I believe that different people have different degrees of mental tolerance. What I mean by that is I have met some who have been through unthinkable heartbreaks but find the courage and strength to live a fairly productive life and you wouldn’t know of their inhuman trials if you didn’t know them personally while others break under the least pressure. I am not a professional so I’m not psychoanalyzing anyone but I’ve wondered why the difference?
I think the perfect combination would be if we could blend in the advances of modern life with the slow pace of yesteryears.
But when speaking of yesteryears we have bear in mind that for many the nostalgic days of the past wasn’t so great.
I do think the social disassociation of modern society contributes to a lot of the symptoms we see today. Everyone lives in their own little world and most do not know who their neighbors are. Whereas years ago people found the time to know these things and interact with each other. Humans are social beings and must interact positively with each for to develop a healthy mental outlook on life. As John Donne said. “No Man Is an Island.”