As a future public health professional, I acknowledge the concept of racism as a mental illness.
Teresa D'Oro
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Thank you for your response. Yes, unfortunately, people have a hard time understanding that there is such a thing as group psychology and cultural psychology. The majority of the mental illnesses in the DSM originate from environmental factors.

I am conducting some serious research into this in light of the Charlottesville incident. I have felt this way for a while, but the most recent outbreak has truly kicked my research drive into full gear.

Here is a copy of “Medicalized Racism”: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1536504214558213

Here is another citation: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1071634/

The citation above was written by a Harvard psychiatrist.

In the research I have done, the APA did not deny that extreme racism led towards pathology, but chose not to include it, because there would be too many people with this illness. In other words, it was not popular enough and they felt it would upset everyone — hence the comments that you will read back and forth.

It is difficult for people to look at this objectively because it can really strike an emotional cord. It triggers a lot for people — and I get that.

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