Have You Heard about NDD? The Symptoms and the Solutions

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Have you heard about the behavioral problems that can be caused by not getting enough time out in nature?  We are going to tell you about Nature Deficit Disorder, how to spot the symptoms, and some simple solutions.

This disorder affects both adults and children. The general idea here is that humans of all ages are spending less time outside than ever before. When we spend more time inside homes, cars, offices, and shopping malls, and fail to get back in touch with nature, this can lead to behavioral problems.

In fact, Richard Louv wrote about this problem in his 2005 book entitled Last Child in the Woods. He was the first to hypothesize that when people, especially children, do not spend sufficient amounts of time outside with nature, it results in behavioral or mental problems.

It is understandable that in today’s modern world, parents want to keep their children safe, so they keep them indoors unless they can provide personal supervision. As kids grow older, they often enjoy video games, television, movies, and computers, especially online games and amusing videos. And unfortunately, many of adults are so tired after working that the thought of going outside to do anything just seems like too much of an effort. So they lounge on the sofa or in bed watching Netflix movies and marathons of their favorite television show. Read more about 7 reasons to turn off Netflix.

Whatever the reason, Nature Deficit Disorder can take its toll. Let’s look at some of the symptoms of this problem:

  • Obesity (in children and adults)
  • Depression
  • Lower grades in school
  • Shorter lifespan with each generation
  • Little or no respect for natural beauty
  • Little or no understanding of the importance of nature
  • ADD or ADHD
  • Loss of imagination
  • Loss of creativity
  • Loss of innocence at the natural wonders of life
  • Myopia
  • Dependence on others (lack of independence)
  • Fear of nature or the outdoors, of wide open spaces, or of forests
  • Fear of normal, harmless animals (squirrels, lizards, etc.)

The good news is that this is an easy problem to resolve.

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