If we reduce stress, we reduce psychological and physical illness. It is both intuitive and now scientifically shown. A change in cultural values can start with leaders creating healthy work cultures or with grassroots initiatives. Either way, awareness begets change.
Research indicates that people are craving substantive experience. An "anti-depth" culture may feel easier, lighter or happier, at first but with a surfeit of superficial engagements, people suffer. Depression, stress and anxiety are rising and if we can alter our relationship to devices and to one another, we might feel much better.
Punishing a person with a strong conscience or a child with unusual gifts of creativity, self expression or empathy because of mindless misunderstanding can cause serious damage. Understanding who someone is as well as what they do or have done is important for effective intervention. Rigid rule following can backfire..
There are many different kinds of mental illness and most people with these conditions are not dangerous. However a certain mix of psychological ailments combined with other known risk factors can be a set up for violent crime. If we can clear up the misunderstandings we will be in a better position to predict and protect.
The debate about whether Dr. Mehmet Oz should resign from his position at Columbia for "quackery" continues. Questions about doing no harm, doing good, forgiveness, public shaming and responsible medicine are addressed in this blog.