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Commentary :: Social Welfare
Mental "Health" as Stealth warfare--a radically critical approach (with art)
03 Mar 2006
Modified: 05:27:37 AM
Radical's radical comments on the widespread way in which so-called mental "health" ideology has integrated itself into the very psyches of those claiming to see the value of dissenting from all manner of corporate hold on people. Question: is psychiatry and formal therapy, corporate? anti-copyright.
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Mental "Health" as Stealth warfare--a radically critical approach (with art)
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Mental "Health" as Stealth warfare--a radically critical approach (with art)
Mental Health industry as corporate?
Good done by mental "health" industry?
Social science used as tool
Giving away our power
If fascism arises
why i speak up
all helpers of colonizer/invader

The following thoughts come as a sort of news item from a ongoing conversation i'm having with indigenous folks. i thought i'd share this in case anyone in these parts found it valuable. Feel free to pass this along to others as you like.

Mental Health industry as corporate?
Most probably don't think that science could be corporate, but they also don't see that corporations are themselves quite oriented to a kind of science--something not too unlike military science. The science of profit and social control, if in meta forms.

Corporations may only seek profit and access on the surface, yet underneath they are subordinate to forms very oriented to social control, even if not state types of such. But i'm getting ahead of myself.

How is psychology and psychiatry corporate? Well, they are about profit (if you run out of insurance funds to pay, too bad for you, usually; even if you get 'sliding scale' help, someone foots the bigger bill, usually taxpayers). They have hierarchies (therapists and other mental health practitioners are subordinated to a relatively small group at the top--the main leaders--whom write and interpret allegedly objective findings and translate such into a bible-like book called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM).

Is that proof enough? Perhaps the social sciences are more religious than corporate, as Thomas Szasz, MD suggests (i.e. in his book _The Theology of Medicine_).

Good done by mental "health" industry?
As for the good being done by this framework (which is fully subordinated to invader's formal interests), i see that they do as any "successful propaganda"--providing a germ or portion of excellence, while working overtime to make war in more covert capacities.

War? But...isn't that a little *provocative* of me? i don't think so...

Now, i don't want to discount the positivity that many people, including those quite conscious about the problems of institutional "help" in this area, keep, regarding the mental "health" construct and all of its implementers (i.e. individual therapists) themselves. i'm thinking specifically of people who would have "nowhere" else to turn; people who are surrounded by people stuck in what i call "city mind"--people whom cannot, for the life of themselves, permit themselves to explore beyond "the box", for whatever reason.

Reasons which could prove important to understand, if we are to understand how modern colonization works systematically.

Social science used as tool
So, such quite conscious people try to make use of the situation as a *tool* in the context of having quite literally nothing else. i mean, it's "a lot of work", apparently, to create communities that we colonized folks have forgotten the value of. Maybe we've quite forgotten how to even begin without asking some specialist...


Giving away our power
What i'm trying to get at by wanting a full escape from such institutional imaginations, tho, is that we are giving away our powers. We are giving away our powers to truly meaningful connections with other human beings, independent of colonizer's values and interests. We are allowing our consent to be manufactured into believing that "only specialists" can "help" us, not even biological or extended families, anymore.

So i'm saying that these types of specialists (if not all specialists, even the allegedly "radical" ones) are keeping us away from our power. If we know this, and still try to make use of that as a tool, well and good. But we also often don't know history too well, like the fact that what were called "mental defectives" (i.e. what today are called the "mentally ill") were *forcefully sterilized* and probably a host of other things.

If fascism arises
Having one's name and address in the control of such groups subordinated to the state (or globalist elites, for that matter) can also prove detrimental when/if such states become openly fascist, as with germany in WWII. Did you know, for instance, that mental patients were the FIRST, according to Peter Breggin MD (, to be killed--and that the model the psychiatrists used was apparently the one used by the nazis on all manner of perceived and real "enemies"? Did you know this?

Knowing this, and the trajectory that the current figurehead president is working overtime on, i would say that things could change quite least against those groups perceived as "the most heinous". The question is, how quickly did .... germany change when the fascists took over? And was there perceptable change before?

why i speak up
i've done a lot of enquiry on this topic especially because i'm a 'survivor' of psychology/psychiatry myself. But what i've found--in very broad searches, usually of university libraries-- i still haven't found anyone going where i'm going more and more with this stuff--making connections, that is, to pre- or de-colonized values and wanting to bring that type of consciousness back. Everything i've found is in some way or another oriented to the so-called "reputability" (re: "validity") of different "schools" all vying for "A Place At the Table" of illusory reform.

all helpers of colonizer/invader
So, even though some of these psychiatric dissidents are quite good, and worth looking into, they all seem to play into the meta situation of colonizer's interests. Here's some i recommend, with this in mind: R.D. Laing's _The Politics of Experience_ (his ideas about schizophrenia are the most "radical" i've yet dug up); Diane Divoky's and Peter Schrag's insights in their book _The Myth of the Hyperactive Child and other means of child control_ (1970s); Anthony Platt (_The Child Savers_) also gets into it pretty deeply as well. Ronald Boostrom, on the Szasz site says things similar to Platt. Finally, Jeffrey Masson's _Against Therapy_ (generally rich in critical thought if i recall accurately--it's been over 10 years since i read that one);

i'd like to see an aboriginal traditionalist approach articulated somehow. Anyone know of anything?

To conclude, the ways things are going, to my imperfect monitoring, aboriginals everywhere are being fooled into the covert ways of invader, and becoming just one more "minority" ethnic group like the Chinese, eastern Indians, and so on. Not very distinct except as a "cultural group", at least on the surface...(and perhaps the only place *to be* in the context of the reality of today's war-oriented society).

Any thoughts are invited!
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Something else to consider.
03 Mar 2006
The brain gives rise to the mind. The mind is a biological organ. All biological organs are controlled by chemicals. All biological organs can malfunction. I malfunctioning brain, usually due to CHEMICAL (as with any other organ), may effect the mind as the mind arises from (or is a process of) the brain.

So, the idea that many mental illnesses are caused by chemical imbalances should not be surprising in the least. Nor should we be surprised that chemical suplements (e.g. "meds") may help restore that balance and make an otherwise mentally ill person productive and essentially normal.

Why do you insist upon treating the brain as something entirely alien to the rest of the body. The article reminds me of scientologist bullshit.
"The Enemy" has a great point.
03 Mar 2006
While there's no arguing that psychiatry and psychology have been used for oppression in the past and very well may be again in the future, the "radical" stance on those fields, that they're useless and solely instruments of oppression, strikes me as naive and enshrouded in a near-religious mysticism.

Take R.D. Laing. Basically he argued that there is no such thing as mental illness. Laing's work and the popular book and movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" formed the backbone of the deinstitutionalization push of the past thirty years. The mental institution as it was known up until then (think of a drab, creepy, modernist facility chock full of patient abuse and neglect) was demolished. The patients were "freed," on their own recognizance, just like Mr. Laing argued they should be, just like the Indian narrator at the end of "Cuckoo's Nest."

But that was not the end of the story. While large, old school mental institutions were (and still are) shuttering at a breakneck pace, no societal institutions filled the gaping void they left-- except prison. This dovetailed nicely with the harsh mandates of Reagan-era capitalism. The severly mentally ill were now free-- free to starve on the streets, free to panhandle, free to be homeless-- and no one had to feel guilty anymore; it wasn't their tax dollars so it wasn't their problem. New medications took the place of subsidized care. A new type of mentally-ill, self-medicating (through legal and illegal drugs) urban homeless population developed. We've learned to take it for granted that severly mentally ill people will be wandering around begging for change or just talking to invisible people, and not realizing or caring that we can do better for them.

So when I read an article like the above, loose and rambling enough to convince me that the author definitely has had some mental "problems" in the past (as s/he freely admits) I too think about Scientology and Laing-worship and the recovered memory hysteria, and how certain groups tell people exactly what they want to hear; that's how they get converts.

What hardly any group seems to want to hear is that the histories of psychiatry and psychology are, as the author, argues, very damning, but simply dismissing all scientific research about the brain-- which does point to chemical, biological processes, mysterious though they might be-- is dangerous too.

You can't wish away very real differences in how people perceive the world. And you can't make a body part function perfectly just by imagining that it always has and always will.
something else to consider
03 Mar 2006
mental illness is such a complex issue that none of these comments, nor the ramblings above, will ever do it justice.

while it is true that the brain is an organ and it has all these neurochemicals - it is also important to consider that what we label psychopathology is NOT due to chemical imbalance. true, science is useful for types of brain damage and other visibly physical ailments - but for psychopathology it is far more complicated. you can find different psychiatrists on both sides of the spectrum - if they claim to know of a specific pathogen that causes schizophrenia, depression, mania, sexual perversions, etc. then they are clearly invested in their own ideology and have not considered all the angles.

there exists more than just the medical model, even though that is the dominant form of thought regarding the issue.

mental illness is more than seeing this specific pathogen and giving you a little pill that makes it all better. they are called major/minor tranquilizers for a reason - they sedate you. they don't want people who rebel against the status quo of reality running around making people consider different alternatives - they want to sedate them. why else is bush making mental status examinations a requirement for high school students?

what "the enemy" is saying is what any fan of ultimate causality/ pure type thinking would say. there is no straight line from a to b - it will never be that simple.

the fact of the matter is: human animals have been FAR removed from anything resembling nature, we drink and eat "food" full of chemicals and shit (which connects to your biological/medical model), we are indoctrinated by tv and whatever the hell else, we are grown up to be ashamed, guilty, terrified of death and of life - we are just these insane bundles of repression, denial, confusion... its no wonder people have mental illness as an outlet!!! why wouldn't people be depressed and crazy? that is "normal."

and anyways, people will never realize this because they are way too invested in their own reality. it's called whorfian dynamics . most of reality is just consensual symbols. we have one word for snow, alaskans have 60. our reality is pretty limited, and you will never be able to know if people with "mental illness" are just acting outside the box and choosing which reality to live in. is that why we have to sedate them, surge electricy through their bodies, pump them full of insulin until they go into a coma, or give them brain lesions (or selective brain damage as i like to call it) or just plain take out chunks of their brain - because, we don't agree with their reality? what it bugs us? gets in the way of our routine?

there is a lot more to consider than just "all biological organs are controlled by chemicals." nothing is that simple or easy.
You should be on medication, FLIPSIDE
03 Mar 2006
Oops, I'm wrong. Personality disorders are untreatable. You'll just have to go through life thinking you're something while the rest of us know you're not.
Will I always be a serial killer?
04 Mar 2006
Is there anyway to control this?
mental retards
04 Mar 2006
As a representative of the mentally ill community, or those who are just "f"ed up in general, I think once one has dealt with losers on trazadone, risperadol, zyprexa, etc. I think its safe to say thank God that these people are doped up. Nevermind functioning in normal society, they can't even be cool at the shrink's office, pacing back and forth, waiting for their goddamn shot. What about getting a haircut or taking a shower? Is that too much to ask???
Belnap North--->representing