Diseases of Despair
What happens to people who are depressed without healthcare? To workers who are evicted with a job? To the patients who get addicted to a drug?
Societies are held together by a web of social bonds that give individuals the sense of being part of a collective and engaging in a project larger than the self. But how does one in this society of individualism see the larger project?
We are witnessing the results of a society run by the junk values of capitalism; wealth, status, and power while the mass of working people are poor and living in a never ending emergency.
People feel trapped. Life is stagnant.
Nearly 45,000 Americans died by suicide in 2016, research suggests that one factor behind the rising suicide rate is an erosion of the privileged status of white men.
As segments of the working class that were once privileged experience systematic limitations, faced by the majority, this social dislocation drives a raise in hate groups. Self annihilation is the key motivator as once privileged groups recognize these limitations will apply to their children and will undoubtedly be more restrictive and demoralizing.
Mental health budget cuts leave working class people dealing with depression, drug addiction, suicide, and veterans and victims of violence with PTSD left alone to fight these demons of despair on their journey to recovery.
Greed, of politicians and opioid manufactures has allowed the direct marketing to physicians to become a billion dollar industry with companies like Purdue Pharma spending more than $500 million.
Lawsuits settlements, for less than 1/1000 of what was profited from these schemes, shows how these companies not only knew the outcome of their addictive drugs but planned to use those outcomes in campaigns of shame.
Suicide is the #1 caused of death of white males.
Has lead to life expectancy to decline three years straight, first time since WWI.
142,000 Americans died from drug or alcohol overdoses and from suicide in 2016.
“The thing that bugs me is that the people think the FDA is protecting them – it isn’t. What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it’s doing are as different as night and day,” – Herbert L. Ley Jr., Former FDA Commissioner
Collective is Family.