20. Mental Health, Addiction, and Capitalist Realism with Mad Blender

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In this episode, Mexie is joined by Leslie (Mad Blender on YouTube) to discuss the political economy of mental health and addiction. We draw from Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism to put the present-day rise in mental illness into social, political and economic context. We demonstrate that although chemical imbalances play a role in mental distress, there are innumerable other social and political determinants of health that can be equally if not more important. We end by arguing for a re-politicization of mental health and addiction issues along with work to end the stigma.

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