Psychiatrisation of Dissent: The Incredible Story of Fano’s Student


From Mad in Italy: “Precisely for this reason, psychiatric diagnosis, to be acceptable and plausible in a liberal and democratic rule of law, cannot and must never be used for the repression of political dissent or to counter unwelcome opinions in power or in contrast to the opinions of the majority: the same Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) significantly warns the need to emphasize that ‘socially deviant behaviors (e.g., political, religious or sexual) and conflicts that arise primarily between the individual and society are not mental disorders’.”

Read the full article here and the English translation here.

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