Archive for April 18th, 2021


Welcome to the Age of Hysteria

Human Wrongs Watch

By Marc Schuilenburg*

In the 1980s hysteria stopped being treated as a medical disorder. Since then, it has become the business model of the neoliberal age

Empty shelves were seen in supermarkets across the UK in March 2020, as fear of COVID-19 led to panic buying | Iain Masterton / Alamy Stock Photo

16 April 2021 (openDemocracy)* — In 1980, hysteria died. That was the year it was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) handbook and ceased to be considered a medical condition. 

But we need only look around us to see that hysteria has never been more alive – just consider the run on toilet paper at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Or the consumer hysteria every Black Friday, or the overheated discussions taking place on Facebook and Twitter every day.

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