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The DSM-5: The Book of Lamentations


The Book of Lamentations, by Sam Kriss at The New Inquiry, is an imaginative analysis of the psychiatrists’ bible, the DSMx (Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), criticizing it as ‘a failed dystopian novel’. The most enjoyable analysis of psychiatry I have read in a long while: insightful, well-informed and funny.

Vincent van Gogh Corridor in the Asylum (1889)

To me, that ‘diagnostics’ book is nothing but a “manual” for becoming rich by creating  lab-rats for the pharma, the for-profit prison system and the psychiatric system that feed on these victims. The DSM might as well be on the Forbes  list of top ten best-selling books on ‘how to make yourself rich fast by sticking labels to other human beings’.

Below is an excerpt of the essay. (My thanks to Doris for the link.)

“It’s also not exactly a conventional novel. Its full title is an unwieldy mouthful: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition. The author (or authors) writes under the ungainly nom de plume of The American Psychiatric Association – although a list of enjoyably silly pseudonyms is provided inside (including Maritza Rubio-Stipec, Dan Blazer, and the superbly alliterative Susan Swedo). The thing itself is on the cumbersome side. Over two inches thick and with a thousand pages, it’s unlikely to find its way to many beaches. Not that this should deter anyone; within is a brilliantly realized satire, at turns luridly absurd, chillingly perceptive, and profoundly disturbing.”

 

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Baby Hope’s Mother Is Interviewed as Investigators Proceed With Caution-NYT


This is a heart breaking 1991 case I remember clearly. I’m glad it may be solved.

This case reminds me that the human capacity for evil will never be diminished.

Evil, and it’s father Hatred, continues to manifest daily, unabated,  in the form of torture of children and animals; the scenario is either the safety of the home, the war battle fields where women, elder and children are raped, hacked and riddled with bullet as ‘collateral damage’ by their own nationals and by  ‘liberating foreign soldiers’ from around the globe, including ours. Just as in medieval times. It’s done by men and women for profit (armaments dealers, pharma, etc.), for political power, and by some men for sheer expression of their  hatred of anything that is not male and powerful: women, children and animals.

Is this related to mental illness or health?  When we do evil, knowingly and in disregard of the victim, whether by orders of ‘superiors’ or by fear and ‘self preservation’, it is a choice. Then, it is simply evil in the heart.

If you want to spare yourself of sadness and tears today, DON’T READ THE ARTICLE.

The D.C. shooter and the other victims: the mentally ill people


OK. Keep moving; there’s nothing else to see here: it’s only dead people killed by an irrational mentally ill person.

I withheld my tongue when this incident was reported, waiting to see how long it would take the ‘officials’ to determine that it was just another case of an armed lunatic roaming free among us.

Until today, they were at a loss, running around like headless chicken trying to figure this incident out. Was it a terrorist plot? Was there more than one lone shooter? RUN! STOP THE PLANES FROM FLYING OVER D.C.!!

This is what happens when you don’t have ‘accurate’ gun listing profiles, I mean, reports; you can’t control the loonies. That’s the focus now, again.

Two things stand out (in my view) about this case: 1) the use of mental illness as an argument to justify policies in favor of arming/dis-arming citizens and 2) the stigmatizing of mental illness as a simple explanation to a problem that clearly has to do with the failure of the nation to provide QUALITY mental health  services, especially to veterans. I will discuss these now.

1) The use of mental illness as an argument to justify against or pro-gun rights policies.

The knee jerk reactions are the usual: we need guns because there are too many armed crazy people out there (NRA and Republican Party preferred argument), or we need to ban guns for the same reason (Democratic Party preferred argument). Either way you cut it, the mentally ill is the culprit.

In other words, the mentally ill is a political token to be used to settle a political issue: Constitutional gun rights. Our society can’t possibly engage in this issue using ANY other type of arguments. Not moral arguments, or about compassion, or about the economy, or about the crimes of the arms dealer and builders industry…no. It has to be settled by trampling on the rights of ALL the mentally ill persons in this nation, by vilifying a whole class of people who suffer neglect and powerlessness just because they are mentally ill.

This man, who committed this crime, seems to had been a walking ticking bomb for many years; that’s the impression that NOW the media and the police want you to stick in your mind. Based on the info that we are now receiving, he may had been ill, but NO ONE ever did anything to HELP him, not to punish or ostracize him, but to help him get services. That’s the payment we give to our soldiers when they come home. We let them boil in their PTSD and wait for them to do what EVERYBODY knows is going to happen. We do it because the national debt forces us to pay to Wall Street and cut mental health services. But no one talks about that NOW. NOoo. It’s the loonies that need to be thrown in a modern psych hospital (our prison system) and be forgotten there.

2) How easy is to explain this mass murder once you stick the label of ‘mental patient’ to the incident. NOW they understand.

You see, the Washington Post did its usual manipulation of info to help you arrive easily to the necessary conclusion. First, it described Alexis having a clearly paranoid episode, which happened long time ago, and then followed it immediately with this quote, which was made before we knew about Alexis’ mental illness:

“What caused this individual to kill so many innocent men and women?” Ronald C. Machen Jr., U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, asked at an afternoon news conference outside the local FBI field office.”

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to answer that question using the previous paragraph describing the paranoid episode. And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is how the mainstream media practices the art of opinion shaping through EMOTIONAL MANIPULATION.

But that’s not all. The mainstream media is in a ‘damage infusion’ mode, forcing us to conclude that Alexis was a lunatic DESPITE him having also had a history of good deeds. It’s the process of enforcing the stigma rule.  For example:

a) his military achievements and recognitions are devalued in order to keep him stigmatized as a mentally ill person, unworthy of any recognitions:

“He received the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal, awards of minor distinction”

“the Navy mistakenly said he had received a general discharge, a less-desirable category that would have indicated to future employers that there was something amiss with his performance.”

 Notice in the second quote how a dishonorable discharge is surreptitiously  equated with mental illness, and in the process implies that mentally ill people should NOT be hired.

b) other people’s good opinion about him become less important, and bad opinions AFTER THE FACTS become more prophetic:

“Those who knew Alexis in recent years describe him as a “sweet and intelligent guy” (a regular customer at the Thai restaurant where he had been a waiter) and “a good boy” (his landlord), but also as “very aggressive,” someone who seemed as though he might one day kill himself (a lay worker at the Buddhist temple where Alexis worshiped).”

c) and other people’s abuses pass as ‘insignificant’ and not contributing to Alexis’ losing it:

“The woman told police that Alexis had complained several times that she was too loud. She said he had confronted her a few days earlier in the complex’s parking lot “about making too much noise,” according to a police report.”

I’m sure that if you live in NYC, you know how ‘maddening’ a loud tenant above you can be. But we don’t question how disruptive that woman was, how did she contribute to him ‘losing it’.

d) and finally, how the system ignores the people’s need for mental health service to later blame mental illness itself as the problem. Mental illness is NO problem to society when we stop pretending that we are servicing people and actually put the money where the politicians mouths are.If we treat the people when they need it, we don’t have mass killings. And if we keep people employed we don’t have mass killing either. Neither if we stop spending money in “stupid wars” for the benefit of arms mongers, oil barons and Wall Street banksters.

We know that our politicians reward our veterans with homelessness and lack of medical and psychiatric services. Alex was a veteran. The signs where there but, as usual, no one did anything about it:

 “and it was unclear whether the Navy had sufficient cause to push forward. So when Alexis applied on his own to leave the Navy in early 2011 with an honorable discharge, the service granted his request, the official said.”

They had the opportunity to deal with him BEFORE he lost it. But they didn’t.

“Alexis also had an angry streak that flared often enough to create an arrest record in three states.”

Idem.

“Alexis’s father told detectives then that his son “had experienced anger management problems that the family believed was associated with PTSD,”

“He did not like to be close with anybody, like a soldier who has been at war.”

And the verdict:

 “Nobody could have done anything to prevent this except Aaron Alexis,” he said. “Maybe he snapped. I don’t know.”

This will not stop. Our society has failed to face the reality that mental illness is the product, not only of any physical disturbance, but of how our society is ordered, how we prioritize the use of our public wealth and resources.

Given that we prefer to pay big banksters for usurious loans instead of putting the money where it belongs (in the public service) we will have to continue blaming mental illness as the number one mass killer in the USA.

Prevention is incompatible with paying the debt. You gotta make your priorities.

See you in the next episode.

My sympathies for the relatives of the victims, as always.

I blame our government for this new social pain.

Yo acuso recibo by Magdalena Helguero Falcón


This book was written (in Spanish) by a good friend of mine who happens to live with a mental disability. Maya, as those who know her lovingly call her, is Chilean and in her book she recounts the tortured (literally) story of her days fighting the Pinochet dictatorship after the US-lead coup d’etat to Salvador Allende. Magdalena lived in NYC until a few years ago when she decided to move back to her beloved nation to write her memoirs.

I must add that her ‘mental disability’ is, in my view, a direct result of the torture of which she was victim during those days. She struggles every day, not only with the illness, but with the memory of those events.

I invite the Spanish readers to buy a copy of her well-written memories. It’s impactfull and touching. She’s working on a translation.

By from Editorial Forja. If you have any questions about how to get the book, leave a message.

http://www.editorialforja.cl/index.php?option=libros&view=details&catid=5:Otros&id=168

Oh boy, the web the NYPD weaves to catch the “deranged”


WARNING: YOU MUST BE CAREFUL WITH THE WORDS YOU CHOOSE TO EXPRESS YOURSELF ONLINE FROM NOW ON. YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF TAGGED AS “DERANGED” and TASERED, HANDCUFFED, TASERED AGAIN, PEPPER-SPRAYED AND KILLED OR IMPRISONED ( ALL IN THAT ORDER) IF YOU USE COLORFUL WORDS FREELY IN YOUR POSTS.

Our leaders and good-intentioned(?)Big Sisters and Brothers are busy finding ways to protect you from each and every possible human being that harbors any type of dangerous thoughts. (Refer to ‘Minority Report’ for explanation of ‘dangerous thoughts’. The explanation given by our government is less credible.)

To that goal,

“Top intelligence officials in the New York Police Department”, [I’m not making this up] “examine ways to search the Internet to identify potential “deranged” gunmen before they strike, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said.”

………………………..I’m still laughing!…………….Ok. Ya.

“The techniques would include cyber-searches of language that mass-casualty shooters have used in e-mails and Internet postings,” Mr. Kelly said in a statement. “The goal would be to identify the shooter in cyberspace, engage him there and intervene, possibly using an undercover to get close, and take him into custody or otherwise disrupt his plans.”

I bet you anything that the NYPD got the idea from ‘Minority Report’. We should ban, not only guns, but movies that give our police and Homeland Security agents ideas on how to ‘protect’ us.

“Mr. Kelly said the technique was similar to those being used to spot terrorists’ chatter online. The new searches would target “apolitical or deranged killers before they become active shooters,” he said. [Highlights by me]

As I mentioned in my previous post, the connection between the mentally ill and ‘terrorists’ is in full swing. We were psychologically conditioned via the mainstream media (MSM) to think of all Arabs as ‘terrorists’; now we are being conditioned to extend that same fear, born of political manipulations, to anyone who ‘thinks’ or ‘feels’ ‘differently’ from the norms that the cops will script for you.

Our language and idiosyncratic way of communicating will have to be adjusted. If you haven’t read ‘1984’, now is a good time to do it.

Mind you that our cops are so efficient in catching the “deranged” once they spot him threatening the public with a pen, shooting and hitting everyone far and near him.

There is really no need to delve into how ridiculous this ‘approach’ to catch “apolitical killers” and “or deranged killers” is. Enough to say that you will not be able to make reference precisely to what excuses the person had for the ‘killings’ because, in using them, the “technique” will tag you. I’m sure you have heard about people incorrectly placed in the ‘no-fly list’ and how impossible it is to get your name out of the list. That’s just a taste of what this implies for the ‘innocent’ writers.

But what about the ‘not innocent’, meaning the mentally ill now tagged as ‘deranged apolitical terrorist’? Will that be a new DSM-10 diagnosis?

Notice how they make a differentiation between political killers and apolitical killers. We never had that before, did we?  You think it doesn’t matter? We are being judged from a political frame, our lives and emotions have been politicized by our government (state and feds). It matters.

Anyone who commits a crime is now a ‘terrorist’, a “not political” terrorist. That means that everybody is a terrorist subject to surveillance. Anyone can be a ‘deranged’ terrorist, so, all of you need to be monitored.

Look, you can tag me as ‘conspiracy theorist’ if you want. Almost everything that ‘theorists’ say, comes to be. Remember the ‘conspiracy theory’ about Agent Orange in Vietnam? It was true, after all.

I had been saying since the mid 2000 that the drones (unmanned planes) will be used here at home against the civilians. I was bashed for saying that on my comments in news papers. This year Obama informed us that he expects over 30K drones flying our skies by the year 2020 (somewhere between 2015 and 2030, I need to check that again.) They are already been used to arrest people here for ‘minor’ crimes, like traffic infractions and ‘raw milk’ sellers criminals. LOL, raw milk criminals.Ja! Peddling raw milk is a crime in the USA.

Citizens have been rendered so afraid and passive that they accept ANYTHING that the government concocts to control them.

That’s the part that hurts the most. It’s not the abuses from the government; it’s the credulity and passivity of the citizens. In Nazi Germany, it was that same fear and passivity of the citizens that tacitly sanctioned the barbarities committed by the Nazis.

The mentally ill is the excuse to round you all up. What you define as ‘deranged’ will come to bite you.

Deranged kitty at risk of being tagged a 'terrorist' by the NYPD.

Deranged kitty at risk of being tagged a ‘terrorist’ by the NYPD.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/21/nyregion/police-dept-to-use-internet-to-try-to-stop-shootings.html

You may be interested in this:

NYPD Commences Use Of Iris Scans Of Suspects

Department Spending $24,000 Per Unit; Will Have 21 Around City

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2010/11/15/nypd-commences-use-of-iris-scans-of-suspects/