reply to post by davjan4
lol it's a deeper rabbit hole than just that
many of the physical neurological and behavioral effects of occult/spiritual work have a mental disorder "analogue"
conveniently in place already.
ever noticed how when somebody here who's been practicing meditation, kundalini, 3rd eye, or ascension work starts experiencing the effects for which
all manner of occult/esoteric works or someone further along have an explanation for, btw, as these phenomena/effects have a very large corpus of
somebody will promptly come along and post links "proving" it's a mental disorder, attempt to convince the poster that he/she is crazy [and
continuously and repetitively
hammer away with that claim], and insist the poster get help, to the point of disruption or attempt to goad
poster to anger, followed up by "nyah, nyah, you cant be very enlightened, bla, bla, bla...
related info into what a big crock of isht the DSM really is
the DSM also known as The Big Book of Mental Illness is a tool of political and social control. it's definitions always change to suit the political
Is Schizophrenia Really a Black Disease? bigthink.com...
Who decides what "insane" means? This was the major question of Ken Kesey's countercultural classic "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," which
illustrated how mental illness could be deployed by the establishment to crush the individual. But a recent book by University of Michigan psychiatry
professor Jonathan Metzl suggests that Kesey's novel might not have been far from non-fiction. In "The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became
a Black Disease", Metzl documents the shifting interpretations of schizophrenia through the 20th century, tracing its evolution from a "white
middle-class woman's disease" to an "African-American man's disease." Specifically, with the political upheaval of the civil rights movement, popular
culture began to associate angry black men with schizophrenia, which in turn influenced the way doctors interpreted and diagnosed the illness.
"In particularly the early 1920s, 1930s, 1940s when the idea of schizophrenia itself was first coming to the United States from Europe there was a
general assumption that persons who suffered from schizophrenia were either shy or calm or they were geniuses," Metzl says. "It was often represented
as an illness that afflicted white novelists or poets and as I say, these were very often in popular and psychiatric representation assumed to be
white people." But during the massive societal upheavals in the middle of century, ideas of sanity and insanity took on new meaning. "All of a sudden
in the 1960s, American culture, newspapers, magazines, movies start to represent angry African-American men as in part being inflicted with a new form
of this particular illness," and this change in popular perception of the disease directly influenced the clinical definition of it, Metzl argues.
"All of a sudden in 1968, the second version of the Diagnostic Manual comes out and there is new language that says 'aggression, hostility,
projection.'" The image of a schizophrenic person was all of a sudden more violent and unstable than the schizophrenic of 20 years before.
The practical consequences of this popular-cum-clinical shift in perception was that in the 1960s far more African-American men were institutionalized
in psychiatric wards with schizophrenia. "Some had committed crimes, some had participated in civil rights protests, some had been participants in
urban riots at the time. They all passed through various forms of the penal system and ended up diagnosed with schizophrenia and locked in the
psychiatric wards," says Metzl. But were these men really schizophrenic? Or were they victims of shifting clinical definitions of disease, one that
was prone to metaphoric interpretation?
How Schizophrenia Became a "Black Disease" bigthink.com...
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