The Protest Psychosis
Friday, February 12, 2010
Schizophrenia has appeared in each edition of the DSM, but its definition has undergone significant change. While once seen as a disease for docile white women, by the 60s and 70s schizophrenia was a diagnosis increasingly used for violent black men. Psychiatrist Jonathan Metzl argues in his new book that changing cultural views and media depictions of race and violence played a large role in the evolving image of the disease.