Colonial mental health models won’t heal Palestinian trauma

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Al-Araby

The colonial legacy of psychiatry in Palestine began in 1920 with the British mandate, which ushered in an era of coercive practices that were rooted in a focus on studying the ‘indigenous mind’ and its supposed deficits. Psychiatry thus provided one of many avenues through which Palestinians were reduced to individual colonial subjects to be studied, treated, and ‘civilised’ by their colonisers. During the First Intifada in 1987, media attention turned to Israeli military violence, increasing the emphasis on the human rights abuses and psychological trauma that Palestinians were, and continue…

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