Capitalism and Mental Health: How the Market Makes Us Sick

Capitalism and Mental Health: How the Market Makes Us Sick

Far from being a far-fetched pipe dream that human beings could never live under, pockets of anarchistic self-activity are what keep us sane in a profoundly insane world. This video mainly deals with how the capitalist system exerts massive amounts of pressure on individuals and gives the average person a million different things to worry about. I mainly talk about anxiety and depression here, although I fully acknowledge that there’s so much more to cover than just that, both in terms of mental illness and in terms of societal analysis.

Also I should briefly add that I don’t think mental illness would simply disappear in an anarchist society; I think to some extent it is a fundamental part of being human. But I do think many of the contributing factors, like social isolation and financial stress, would be significantly reduced in an anarchist society.

Chronic stress at work linked to high blood pressure:

Anxiety Disorders Association of America 2006 survey:

700,000 workers in the UK on zero-hour contracts:

Fearing the brown envelope: Sickness benefits and welfare reform

Work Capability Assessments linked with mental health problems:

Gallup employee engagement survey:

Rates of mental disorder among the homeless population:

Review of evidence concerning security of tenure, maintenance, community etc:

19 million vacant homes in America:

Information on gentrification:

Higher rates of mental illness and substance dependence among economically disenfranchised groups:

Heroin use in Muirhouse and the AIDS epidemic:

Mental illness in Europe:

How self-directed activities improve well-being:

Hobbies for stress relief:

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