No More "Nature-Deficit Disorder" The "No Child Left Inside" movement.

Psychology Today

Some say the future isn’t what it used to be. Here’s a different view. The future is going to be better than it used to be — at least when it comes to the human connection to nature.

In “Last Child in the Woods,” I described what I called “nature-deficit disorder.” I hesitated (briefly) to use the term; our culture is overwrought with medical jargon. But we needed a language to describe the change, and this phrase rang true to parents, educators, and others who had noticed the change. Nature-deficit disorder is not a formal diagnosis, but a way to describe the psychological, physical and cognitive costs of human alienation from nature, particularly for children in their vulnerable developing years.

In the four years since publication of “Last Child” (with an updated and expanded edition in 2008), the gap has grown wider.


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