Date of Award

January 2020

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Medical Doctor (MD)



First Advisor

Aniyizhai Annamalai

Second Advisor

Marc Potenza


This qualitative project seeks to explore sociopolitical factors influencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnostication in Syrian migrants living in Jordan. Interviews were performed with twenty-three key informants, comprised of clinicians, organizational staff, and scholars, using semi-structured techniques which were analyzed with grounded theory analytic approaches. The results illuminate the complex social forces governing the practice of PTSD diagnostication in the Syrian migrant population in Jordan, with a focus on the effects of financial pressures. This is the first study to report extensively on the financial pressures affecting PTSD diagnostication in this setting. These data served as rooted substrate for a critical theory-informed secondary analysis through the dyad of Foucault’s concept of the carceral archipelago and the concept of abolition geography from black radical scholarship. The analysis suggests that the phenomenon of overdiagnostication of PTSD in Syrian migrants represents an instance of both totalitarian and colonialist instrumentalization of psychiatry.


This is an Open Access Thesis.

Open Access

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