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Two-thirds of the global population will live in cities by 2050. Urban life is characterized by high-density commercial and residential buildings, more stressful conditions, lower access to green areas, and higher exposure to substance use.

A recent study published in Nature Medicine explores the effects of the urban environment on adult mental health.

In the present study, researchers investigate the effects of urban environments on the mental health of adults between 41 and 77 years of age in the United Kingdom Biobank (UKB). The study included 156,075 participants, predominantly from urban areas. Participants were sub-stratified based on the availability of neuroimaging (NI) data.

Brain NI was performed in over 42,000 subjects, 14,988 of whom had complete NI, whereas the remaining 141,087 participants constituted the non-NI dataset. A total of 128 urban environment variables across 53 categories and 21 psychiatric symptoms were assessed. A sparse canonical correlation was performed to determine associations between urban living categories and psychiatric symptoms.


In an ever-growing world of urbanization, the effects of city living on mental health are becoming a subject of increased concern. A recent study explores the relationship between urban environments and mental well-being, shedding light on the potential impact on individuals’ psychological health. The research emphasizes the need for awareness and support, especially for those struggling with addiction or related challenges.

The article highlights the numerous factors associated with urban living that may contribute to mental health issues. Factors such as noise pollution, overcrowding, lack of green spaces, social isolation, and heightened stress levels are identified as potential culprits. The study suggests that exposure to these urban stressors can significantly increase the risk of developing mental health disorders or exacerbating existing conditions.

To address the growing need for assistance, RehabNear.Me, a leading resource for addiction recovery, encourages individuals who are struggling with addiction or those concerned about a loved one to seek help. Recognizing the correlation between mental health challenges and addiction, offers comprehensive support and resources tailored to individual needs.

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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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