Close to 10 million Americans suffer from chronic depression, bipolar disorder, or another serious mental illness. Depression alone is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In the United States, mental illness, including depression, takes an enormous toll on health outcomes, quality of life, and economic productivity.
Despite its importance, mental illness is often poorly understood and subject to misperceptions by the general population, government officials, and even those who suffer from mental illness. Partially as a consequence, just under one-third of individuals with serious mental illness, defined as diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorders that result in functional impairment, are untreated in the United States. In 2014, an estimated 44.7% of the 43.6 million adults with any mental illness, and 68.5% of the 9.8 million adults with serious mental illness received mental health services in the past year.
We’re seeing more of the extreme versions of it hit the news as high amygdala-environmental stress meets undeveloped, stress-intolerant amygdalae. Mostly they just make a last stab at ruining the normal, decent people’s lives, before putting the guns in their mouths and cashing out.
If you picture the true K-selection of a prehistoric man, you see a clan of well developed amygdalae, which would not tolerate the neurotic, suicidal stupidity of any modern leftist and their undeveloped amygdalae, let alone a mentally ill idiot. Each day they had to go out together on hunting parties and function as a seamless group, and every so often their lives and fortunes were interwoven during wild battles where only the victorious would survive.
In those times, Darwin was ruthlessly culling the mentally ill, and culling the rest of society to ostracize and remove them from the group before they got everyone killed.
I find it interesting to picture such a time, and how flawless the human machine would evolve to be under those circumstances.
Then I picture today, and realize that for all our technological advancement and increased “compassion,” we are really destroying and wonderful accomplishment of the world and evolution.
Of course with 90% mortality in the Apocalypse, it is likely a lot of that will be remedied for us.
Fortunately, the mechanism is more powerful than we are.