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Living In Cities May Literally Be Driving Us Insane

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Brian reports on research that cities might be causing mental illness.

One possible explanation was that exposure to the city itself, and its myriad stresses, was driving the decline in mental health. Statistics collected in the United States and Germany seem to corroborate the finding.

I don't buy it. Cities attract the mentally ill because that's where the services and the shelters are. I do agree that:

One thing seems to be certain; better-planned cities, with ample green spaces and areas in which residents can find relief from the bustle are preferable to the concrete jungle.

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