Benjamin Rush, MD, (1745-1813) often called “the father of American psychiatry,” exemplifies the twists and turns of psychiatry’s stand on racism.
Gradually, the numbers of Black psychiatrists grew and contributed their expertise to the field, including efforts to address racism.
Black psychoanalysts experienced challenges while navigating institutes that deemed Black patients as unanalyzable and weaponized theory to perpetuate racist stereotypes.
Clinical care and racismAll things considered, Black patients more often trust Black clinicians than those of other races.
Unfortunately, Black patients have a much smaller chance than white or Asian-American patients of finding culturally similar clinicians.