While I agree that this is a major amplification of depression and anxiety across the board, I think it’s a tad bit reductive to be able to say this epidemic has “everything” to do with predatory capitalism. There’s also a change in lifestyle that no longer emphasizes physical activity, an increase in screen-time that prevents and precludes real face-to-face intimacy, and intergenerational trauma, including that which stems from a history of white supremacy, misogyny and so forth. Your piece is obviously well written and well researched (they all are), I’m just adding additional layers. (Though, if you zoom the lens out far enough, perhaps predatory capitalism is what led to the power structures, institutions and proliferation of technology and office work that leads us to where we are.)

I talk about my own battle with depression and suicide here: https://medium.com/@thisisgorman/april-18-2015-e014a83e68a8

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