Looking back on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Somatosphere discusses how the wall became incorporated into German psychological theories as a diagnosis, a metaphor and a social force.
Apparently, an East German psychiatrist even went as far as suggesting a specific diagnosis of ‘the wall disorder’:
“…the book Die Berliner Mauerkrankheit (The Berlin wall disease) written by a prominent East German psychiatrist, Dietfried M√ºller-Hegemann (1973), shortly after the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961 (but not published until after his emigration to the West). M√ºller-Hegemann drew on his collection of patient histories to highlight the deleterious social and psychological consequences of a society encircled by the wall. He investigated what Berliners had already started to talk about‚Äîwhether the newly built wall was causing a novel psychological disease: ‚Äúthe wall disorder,‚Äù
Link to Somatosphere on the Berlin Wall in German psychology.