The Impact of Modern Life and Technology on Mental Illness
by Mark D Rego MD
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Pub Date 12 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 08 Nov 2021
Greenleaf Book Group, River Grove Books
If technology is making modern life easier, why are we suffering from more stress and mental illness?
In this trailblazing book, Dr. Mark Rego, who has practiced psychiatry in the community and taught at Yale for thirty years, explores why mental illness and stress are skyrocketing alongside technology that was ostensibly created to improve our world.
Using decades of experience and pioneering scientific research, Dr. Rego presents his innovative hypothesis of Frontal Fatigue, the background condition from which many of us now suffer. Frontal Fatigue exists when the unique pressures of modern life overwhelm the prefrontal cortex, the part of our brains that can make us susceptible to mental illness.
Frontal Fatigue examines
- why mental illness is increasing in modern times,
- how the demands of our technology-centric lives place countless people at risk for mental illness and lacking in basic psychological well-being,
- solutions for finding stability and peace within the noise of modern life.
This astute perspective in the battle for our collective and individual peace of mind illustrates why mental illness is on the rise in these technologically advanced times and how we can act to adjust our lives in response.
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Average rating from 3 members
Thank you to NetGalley and Greenleaf Book Group for the chance to read an early copy of this book. This book was an easy read but very intriguing. It surveys a number of different mental illnesses and reviews how they have changed in the 21st century, reviews theories of how modern life affects humans, introduces the prefrontal cortex (PFC), discusses why modern life is particularly overwhelming to PFC functions, and finally offers suggestions to alleviate the demands placed on the PFC. The pacing is a little odd--the sections are drastically different lengths, and starting out with a survey of 12 different illnesses really slows things down--but overall I really liked this book and found it provided great food for thought.
In Frontal Fatigue, the author describes the plight of modern-day man in his comfortable first-world existence that literally makes people mentally ill. Then, the author prescribes ways in order to mitigate the effects of technology on the brain and its healthy functioning. While this theory isn’t groundbreaking, and nor are the prescriptions given, the author takes what can sometimes be difficult subject matter - neuroscience - for the uninitiated lay person and makes the ideas posited easy to understand and even very well written. If you are feeling the negative impact of the modern way of life, then I cannot recommend this book enough to you! Thank you to River Grove Books and NetGalley for furnishing this book in exchange for an honest review.
Fans of Alvin Tofflers Future Shock, will find this book informative. I thought the book was interesting in that it tied in so many mental illnesses to technology. That's not too shocking, loads of data has shown damage done by tv, movies, and now tech. I think this book should be a must read by anyone interested in why they feel like hamsters on a hamster wheel. There is no way technology ends well; every upgrade, loses more people as they age. I am lucky to be retired, I am dumping as much tech as I can. I want my snail mail. I will not be dragged back into the madness I finally left! Everything is better in the real world- there are parks to explore, places to actually visit, and real people to meet! At the same time, it lowers blood pressure, increases ones disposition, and alleviates stress. etc... Now, if people c an only find a bit of patience to read a book, not a synopsis of it, they may learn what they need to know to help themselves and their families. Common sense advise on raising kids with ADHD, too. It's a little dry and academic in some areas toward the middle, but muddle through, do the research, very informative.