Sunday, April 22, 2012
Rabbi's Little Helper
Psychiatry has long been accused of being an agent of social control. It appears that a new chapter to this story is being written in Israel. A few weeks ago Haaretz published "Rabbi's Little Helper," which related stories of people being taken to psychiatrists by their rabbis for medication, presumably in the hopes that their behavior will better conform to community standards. Today Haaretz published a follow-up titled "Psychiatric drugs become talk of the ultra-Orthodox community.