The Structures of Society and Depression

The previous two chapters have highlighted some of the important political and economic changes that have occurred in the UK and the US in the last 25 years and some of the important effects of those changes. Anglo-American capitalism that focuses on short-term profits at the expense of longer term social and economic gain is currently in the process of supplanting other forms of capitalism, those characterized by capital accumulation that focuses on the benefits of the community as a whole as opposed to a select group of the wealthier members of the community. The Anglo-American model has been ferocious in the speed of its development and the effects in the UK and the US have been profound. This chapter discusses the way that some of the changing social and economic domains relate to the precipitation of mental distress and, specifically, depression.


Mental Health Social Capital Mental Health Problem Mental Distress Common Mental Disorder 
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