Didnt hear the interview but have often pondered on how past generations coped with anxiety and depression Good topic to discuss here.
A few random thoughts from me are that anxiety and depression were as rife then as now.
Guess distraction and necessity re work played a huge part in coping with it .
As it does now .
There was more local family support maybe and life had rules that one followed without thought... like church on Sunday etc. Routine is safe and understood . All your neighbours were living same life and had same fears . less competition . No designer trainers that plagued the life out of me when kids small .
Mothers isolated at home had their "little helper pills "
Men had the pub after work sometimes or the allotment .
And there was always someone who was called fragile in whispers nearby .
I am sure there were a lot of very unhappy people who suffered so much .
it just wasnt talked about was it ?
Todays world for me is too full of choice and trying to keep up on the hamster wheel . We cannot get off even when we want to live a simpler life .
To me it confuses and makes life very scary .
But at least today we can be more open about how we feel ....but Emilysdad I still think it is very very hard for men to be open and say they have anxiety issues . So unfair .
Our grandparents suffered no doubt ............I wish they had the chance to get help like us and talk about it .
If my mother had had support then ...I would not be typing now . Her suicide attempts and coldness affected my sister and I deeply . and a life without joy for her .
Take care father to Emily xxxx
and keep talking .