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.

2 Responses to “DSM as Marketing Tool”

  1. Willow Arune Says:

    Ah yes, and the best example of this practice is the history of Siegfried Sassoon, the British World War One hero. When he refused to go back to the killing fields of the Somme, he was to be shot until Robert Graves (yes, that Robert Graves (I ,Claudius)) brokered the deal to send him to an asylum in Scotland where he could be cured….http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siegfried_Sassoon

    But, surely the problem is more multi-faceted that that…

    Gender therapists and doctors (now that the clinics are in the past and private practice rules) feed off TS. When was the last time anyone was denied an approving letter? If the gas tank in your Porsche is empty fill it up by doing another SRS. The few doctors who do SRS do very well. The therapists too, who no longer challenge but only facilitate. Anyone at the troff has a pecuniary interest.

    The nature of our beast is that somewhere along the line, someone will profit. All we can do is determine who.

  2. tinagrrl Says:

    I personally knew two people who were refused “surgery letters” by a shrink.

    One was young, very pretty, very, very passable. Best thing that ever happened was the refusal. In fact, an old friend who has maintained some contact with this person says he is VERY anti-trans, potentially violent, and really unhinged.

    The other appeared to be “losing it”. Again, I suspect the shrink saved someone’s life.

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