Deaths of Despair

by Benjamin Studebaker

I’ve co-authored a paper for Journal of Medical Humanities on the deaths of despair crisis. You can read it here:

It’s an honor to have worked with Daniel George, Peter Stirling, Megan Wright, and Cindy Cain on this piece. In it, I suggest despair is rooted in what I call the Five A’s – anomie, alienation, atomization, anxiety, and absurdity. To deal with the problem at its roots, we need to deal directly with these deeper causes, both alone and in combination.

If you don’t have access to the article, try this link: If you have trouble getting access and you want to read it, you’re very welcome to email me about this at