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Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 01:36 am
Capitalism: doesn't it make you (mentally) sick?

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lilitu93
lilitu93
Fantastic Cat
Fri, Jan. 9th, 2009 11:26 am (UTC)

There probably is a significant difference in mental illnesses between Anglo and non-Anglo countries, but it is very important to consider that these statistics have to do with reported mental illness - in countries where it's more taboo to admit to being ill, you may very well know you're depressed but not be willing to go to the doctor about it, regardless of whether you have public health or not.

Also, the TV stats can be partially explained by the fact that you're more likely to watch more TV if you're unemployed (as you're around the house all day) - and being unemployed isn't exactly conducive to your mental health, unless it's by choice.

I'm not saying there's nothing to what you're claiming - and I don't think Anglo society is the best for mental health by any means - but people have to remember that correlation does not necessarily mean causation when using statistics and be sure they're looking at all factors.


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