Mental, HEALTH

The species on the brink: changing course in time to avert disaster

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According to the study "WHO World Mental Health Survey"One in two adults will have a mental disorder before the age of 75.

McGrath of the Queensland Brain Institute and Professor Ronald Kessler of Harvard Medical School in 2023 analysed data from 150,000 people in 29 countries around the world from an initiative called the WHO Global Mental Health Survey. The study interviewed adults from 2001 to 2022 and the data showed that one in two adults would have a mental disorder before the age of 75.

Denmark, in 2023, was the second country in the world behind Finland in the world rankings of the Global Happiness Index. Kessing and colleagues, in 2023, published a study with data from 1.5 million Danes. Around 80% of people living in Denmark have received treatment for mental health problems.

Mental health is the result of the interaction of genetics and environment. Given that it has taken billions of years for the genetic structure of human beings to take the shape it has and to give us the nervous system we have, and that the context is changing faster and faster, these facts should make us question where we are heading and whether the societies we are creating are the best options we have for fuller lives. 

The species on the brink is an essay that, from a scientifically rigorous point of view, tries to give an answer to the current problems of humanity such as mental health, the polarisation of societies or the emergence of leaders with psychopathic personalities, from a multidisciplinary perspective, going back 7 million years to learn more about who we are in order to know who we want to be.

We are at a critical moment in human history. When we look at 21st century society, where unhappiness and demotivation have colonised every aspect of life, it might seem as if we are on a bus heading straight for a cliff. For we face challenges that could spell the end of our species and the end of the planet.

In the aftermath of the pandemic crisis, the psychologist Jesús Matos began to question the causes that have led to an increase in dissatisfaction with life and the highest number of documented cases of mental health problems in history.

In an entertaining and stimulating style, this book uncovers the mental mechanisms that all too often cause us to relegate emotional well-being to the bottom of our list of priorities, and explains how to that same intelligence that has been guaranteeing our survival can be turned against us when we live in disconnection with nature and hyper-connected to a virtual world..

The species on the brink of the abyss encourages us to embark on an exciting multidisciplinary journey and to get behind the wheel of this bus that is doomed to catastrophe in order to redirect its trajectory, getting to know better who we are in order to discover who we want to be and what future we want to build.