DSM as Marketing Tool

As I look at what is in the newly proposed DSM I am struck by how much it resembles a marketing tool.

So many of the disorders seem of the same sort of manufactured needs one finds in the ad placed on television marketing new miracle drugs aimed at treating problems one never knew existed.  With a whole litany of side effects including death.

Something worth considering when judging the validity of the “science” of the DSM


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Drapetomania was a supposed mental illness described by American physician Samuel A. Cartwright in 1851 that caused black slaves to flee captivity.[1] Today, drapetomania is considered an example of pseudoscience,[2] and part of the edifice of scientific racism.[3] The term derives from the Greek δραπετης (drapetes, “a runaway [slave]”) + μανια (mania, “madness, frenzy”).[4]

Cartwright described the disorder — which, he said, was “unknown to our medical authorities, although its diagnostic symptom, the absconding from service, is well known to our planters and overseers”[4] — in a paper delivered before the Medical Association of Louisiana[5] that was widely reprinted.

He stated that the malady was a consequence of masters who “made themselves too familiar with [slaves], treating them as equals.”[6]

“If any one or more of them, at any time, are inclined to raise their heads to a level with their master or overseer, humanity and their own good requires that they should be punished until they fall into that submissive state which was intended for them to occupy. They have only to be kept in that state, and treated like children to prevent and cure them from running away.” [7]

In Diseases and Pecularities of the Negro Race, Cartwright writes that the Bible calls for a slave to be submissive to his master, and by doing so, the slave will have no desire to run away.[8]

In addition to identifying drapetomania, Cartwright prescribed a remedy. His feeling was that with “proper medical advice, strictly followed, this troublesome practice that many Negroes have of running away can be almost entirely prevented.”[4] In the case of slaves “sulky and dissatisfied without cause” — a warning sign of imminent flight — Cartwright prescribed “whipping the devil out of them” as a “preventative measure.”[9][10][11]

Ever notice how psychiatry serves the master and not the oppressed?  How there are a thousand “disorders” that women have and yet misogyny skates free?  How we have GID but being a dickwad who spends all his time addicted to sports, beer andhyper consumption of products aimed at reinforcing his image of himself as masculine in a world where the corporations own his balls is not a disorder?

The DSM is the Vogue magazine of the Psychiatric Profession selling things as problems to both insurance companies and to people at large.

Hyper Retail Hype

Some days before work my mind is a fog while I wait for water and grounds tun into the magic elixir of working people, coffee the staff of life for the the exploited and drug testable workers in retail hell I look for inspiration in the morning e-mail.

Today was no exception.  I’m in an extra thick layer of fog due to the loss of an hour of sleep from the shift to day light savings time.

Top title:  From Macy’s… “The Hot List: Free Shipping on spring fashion must-haves”…  WTF???  Why must I have these items?  Will they make me brighter? Get me a promotion?  Cause me to find love and have more and better orgasms?  Or will they just keep me in debt and enrich the Corporate overlords while fellow proles working in retail hell get exploited the same way I do?

I think I’ll pass on that offer as I am working to beat down the advertising fed addiction to “Must have” along with other self destructive behaviors that allow the masters to own me.

Then from Ralph Lauren, now part of a mega-corporation that owns Ralph Lauren’s name and produces cheap crap in Under Developed Nation to sell at inflated prices in formerly industrialized nation that now often have whole cities under foreclosure.  I highly recommend Naomi Klein’s No Logo.  Labels are about selling image and the idea of luxury and exclusivity not about selling actual design and quality.  This is not the era of the rag trade when real live people in the area between the Macy’s flagship store on 32nd street and Times Square’s 42nd street ran the schemata industry and employed people who were members of the ILGW.

So from Ralph Lauren: “Poolside Style: Discover A New Season Of Swim”  Pretty fucking presumptive on his part thinking I might have a pool to sit beside, time to sit there and a body that I might want to display in clothes made by exploited teenage girls in the sweat shops of far away under developed nations that are sold at huge profits as luxury items.  While the knock off Stasi patrols Canal Street looking for clones ie counterfeits.

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