Stress and the city

Does the city drive us mad?
Mazda Adli is a psychiatrist and dedicates his clinical and scientific work to the pathogenesis and treatment of mood disorders, i.e. stress-associated symptoms, depressive and bipolar disorders. With the Alfred Herrhausen Society he has recently initiated the forum “Stress and the City” which aims at better understanding both risks and protective factors for mental health in urban environments.

In this enlightening TEDx talk, he explains the close connection between urban density and social isolation as main reason for urban stress. The risk of mental health problems is strictly connected to many factors and the city living conditions play an important role on mental health.

Better urban conditions could reduce the risk or mental health problems. So, what is the role of urban design?