Our alienating and lonely society makes it difficult to come back from war or deal with trauma, unlike Israel where the PTSD rates are 1%. Ten percent of our military have been engaged in combat in the Middle East, but fifty percent have filed claims for PTSD. Why? In our current conflicts, the casualty rates have been one-third of those seen in Vietnam, but the disability rates are triple.
Our society is divided and we are alienated from each other. Women in ravaged Nigeria have less rate of depression than American women in urban settings.
Increases in a nation's wealth is associated with increases in suicide. Citizens of a wealthy nation are 8 times more likely to have depression than an agrarian society.
The way he describes how "society is hard on the human psyche" provides a clear connection to the roots of our escalating violence.
This piece is definitely worth the few minutes it takes to watch it. We all need to watch it.
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