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Does life in the city sometimes seem a little, well, nuts?

Come to find out, research shows that urban areas do tend to have a higher incidence of schizophrenia and psychotic disorders than rural areas.

But why? Is it the stress? The poverty? The drug use? The crime? Is it that guy on the #2 bus who constantly clips his toenails?

Turns out it might just be a lack of potlucks and social mixers.

A new study in the Archives of General Psychiatry looked at more than 200,000 people living across Sweden and determined that the culprit is actually increased social fragmentation, i.e., a lack of social networks, social bonds, community spirit, etc.

“Social fragmentation was the most important area characteristic that explained the increased risk of psychosis in individuals brought up in cities,” wrote Dr. Stanley Zammit, lead author of the study.


Asked by tasches at 4:56 PM on Sep. 9, 2010 in Health

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Answers (5)
  • More reasons to add to my list of many as to why I don't live in the city.

    Answer by specialwingz at 4:59 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • I never have lived in a big city but I think I would like it.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 5:11 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • I'm around alot of homeless people because I advocate for them.And that study does make sense.I would say that about 3/4 of the homeless people here have some sort of mental illness.Good job tasches!: )

    Answer by bvannkissy at 5:11 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • Extremely stressful.

    Answer by QandA at 5:14 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • Full article:

    Screwy in the City? Urban living is crazy-making. (Article by Diane Mapes)

    Comment by tasches (original poster) at 5:05 PM on Sep. 9, 2010