Depression Profiling

In a recent Times editorial, Andrew Solomon outlines a disturbing and not unprecedented incident in which a Canadian woman was barred entry into the U.S. due to a history of depression. Among numerous outrages this story provokes — stigmatization of the mentally ill, dubious sharing of personal medical information between governments — Solomon points out a particularly compelling problem at the heart of many new policies and legislation regarding mental illness: The Canadian woman was blocked at the border not because of an extant diagnosis, but due to records showing she had been psychiatrically hospitalized in 2012. In other words, she was not only punished and demeaned for having been depressed, but also for having received treatment for her depression! Read the full story.

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