📰 Anti-Psychiatry

Author: en.wikipedia.org

Full Title: Anti-Psychiatry

URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-psychiatry

Highlights from March 9th, 2021.

One remarkable example of psychiatric diagnosis being used to reinforce cultural bias and oppress dissidence is the diagnosis of drapetomania. In the US prior to the American Civil War, physicians such as Samuel A. Cartwright diagnosed some slaves with drapetomania, a mental illness in which the slave possessed an irrational desire for freedom and a tendency to try to escape.