Thursday, March 01, 2018

Worry and Disasterizing

Just stop worrying. Really.

from Sarah’s Scribbles

I don’t know about you, but there seems to be an awful lot of “danger” in the environment today.

Purposeful instability and insecurity have been designed into many of our organizations – often in the name of “agility.”

Noise and exposure have been designed into many of our working environments – often in the name of “collaboration.”

The fear-mongering in our society seems shriller and inescapable.

The demands for our attention are higher, greater and louder.

Is it any wonder that more than 300 million people suffer from depression and more than 260 million people suffer from anxiety globally? (2017 World Health Organization study)

1 in 5 American adults experiences mental illness in a given year. 

A …given…YEAR.

My suspicion is that the number is higher – given that less than 20% of Americans with moderate depressive symptoms seek help or say anything and less than 41% of adults with ANY mental health issue sought help. (Fortune, October 2017)

I’m beginning to think that anxiety, depression, and PTSD – rather than being mental illnesses – are really humane reactions to the environment we have created for ourselves.

I’m beginning to think that anxiety, depression, and PTSD are appropriate reactions to the major and minor traumas we experience, often on a daily basis.

I’m glad that there are now conversations about de-stigmatizing mental illness.

Maybe we should start having conversations about creating environments and workplaces that don’t trigger anxiety, depression, and PTSD in the first place?

Maybe we should start having conversations about developing relationships built on support, respect and, dare I say it, love, regardless of the context?

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