Life in the city, good for your career, but not your mental health?

Wednesday, 29 June, 2011

People living in large urban centres may be subject to higher levels of stress, anxiety, and mental illness, compared to those residing in smaller towns and rural areas.

For the first time, more of us now live in cities than in rural communities. The benefits are numerous: more jobs, better access to educational and health services, more potential friends, and on the list goes. Yet city living has its dark side. Crime, deprivation and inequality are usually higher and so are rates of mental illness, including more anxiety, depression and schizophrenia. A new paper has made one of the first attempts to understand the neural effects mediating this link between urban life and mental strife.

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