Sunday, November 12

American Psychiatric Association Says School "Curiosity" and Political Concern Mental Illnesses

The model in the former Soviet Union for handling political dissidents was to socially invalidate them by having psychiatrists diagnose them “mentally ill.” The American Psychiatric Association is offering the same service to the American Police State.

The day after Democrats swept both houses of congress, a 5th-grader in Texas called Alex Jones’ nationally-syndicated radio talk with a disturbing school report on America’s evolving Police State.

“Mark,” aged 10, told Jones he was sent home during his Computer Lab class after a classmate told his teacher he was accessing “terrorist” websites, which included Jones’

"He just ran up to my teacher in front of the whole class, saying 'he's searching terrorist stuff about 9/11',” the boy told Jones, who verified the incident with school officials.

Though Mark technically did nothing wrong, he was sent home for surfing “inappropriate” websites and "satisfying his curiosity," as indicated in his school disciplinary report here.

In updating the incident two days later, 9/11 Blogger reported school authorities wanted the curious young Mark to have a "psychiatric evaluation."

“Mark's father said the school approached him about a complete assessment of his son's psychological make-up.

After seeing some of the questions on the test, however, his father refused. "I'm not going to subject my son to this," he told Jones. "They are criminalizing normal behavior."[Read more.]

"Political Paranoia"?

I happened upon a similar instance of abuse of medical authority last year in a report by “Hermione Slatkin, medical correspondent” that I thought initially was an Anne Coulter gag:

American Psychiatric Association approves the inclusion of "Political Paranoia" in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

The DSM is psychiatrists’ 993-page bible of “symptoms, diagnoses and treatment recommendations” for aberrant mental behavior. At the May 2005 APA annual conference, members “cleared the way” to add the "malady" to their diagnostic bible.

Slatkin also included a link to a Political Paranoia Index (PPI; pdf file), a self-test to determine your level of distrust of Busholvik fascism.

Once GOP congressional leadership caught wind of the PPI and APA’s move to label political intelligence as aberrant, it moved to criminalize the growing number of Americans who oppose the White House.

Senate Majority leader Bill Frist, “the first practicing physician elected to the Senate since 1928, plans to file a bill that would define ‘political paranoia’ as a mental disorder, paving the way for individuals who suffer from paranoid delusions regarding voter fraud, political persecution and FBI surveillance to receive Medicare reimbursement for any psychiatric treatment they receive.” [Read More]

Postscript: APA Smokes “Whacky Tobbacy”

Gaining some perspective on the American Psychiatric Association's political bias in labeling mental states "defective" or "healthy" is useful for avoiding personal victimization by professional stupidity. Though the APA maligns constitutionally-protected political dissident against fascist leaders as aberrant, it believes APA members who engage in illegal human experimentation and torture for fascist leaders as, to quote Michael Douglas’ cinematic character in Wonder Boys, “fit as a fuckin’ fiddle.”

As I reported here in October, dues-paying APA members during the Cold War-era jumped all over lucrative MK-ULTRA contracts with the US intelligence establishment requiring them to drug, torture, rape and experiment on unwitting mental patients and discarded children in the name of “national security.” More recently, the APA was vilified by other mental health professionals for consulting with the US military on “improving the effectiveness of torture” and Guantanamo Naval Base and other secret installations.

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