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The ‘Medico-Security Industrial Complex’?

pawn-surrounded.jpg?w=470The Sandy Hook shooting — which one commentator on National Public Radio (NPR) said was “to schools as 9/11 was to airports” — has triggered another call for increased surveillance within education. And, following a long tradition of making individual psyches accountable for violence, psychiatric diagnoses and treatments have become central to these arguments. The ghost of Adam Lanza has materialized into the allocation of one and a half billion dollars from the Obama administration for the identification of youth ‘at-risk’ for ‘mental illness’. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, for example, is currently pushing The Mental Health in Schools Act, which would include the training of people who interact with children every day — “from bus drivers to principals” — to detect ‘signs’ of madness for early intervention.

This sort of psychic policing also proliferated after the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting. While originating in a curious post-Columbine collaboration between the US Secret Service and the Department of Education, this event pushed an intensification of ‘Threat Assessment’ practices to identify, investigate, evaluate, and intervene on students who are potentially mad and therefore, it is assumed, potentially violent. All in the name of public protection and school safety, these practices are now deployed in 80 percent of campuses, with implementation by-and-large taking the form of ‘Behavioural Intervention Teams’ which direct faculty and staff to report “bizarre and unusual behavior”, and draw on the well-known Homeland Security campaign slogan, “If you see something, say something.”

Perhaps, then, this is what Dr Mehmet Oz was referring to when he responded to the Sandy Hook shooting on CNN’s Pier’s Morgan Tonight Show with a call for a “Homeland Security approach to mental illness.”

Wrapped in commonsense and benevolence, there is something about psychic policing that smells like terror. As a practice to identify and intervene on threat before it arises, it moves like a mechanism of security and echoes with post-9/11 politics. It reminds me of the 2002 launch of the US New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. In his opening remarks, then-President George W. Bush invoked “soldiers in the armies of compassion” who were committed to “fighting evil” to “make America a welcoming place for people with disabilities”. The Commission went on to recommend TeenScreen – a program of “mental health check-ups” in schools for identifying and intervening on youth ‘at-risk’ for madness. The Report to the President (PDF) on the Virginia Tech shootings advocating for Threat Assessment was also co-authored by then US Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales — whose tenure included warrantless wiretapping and the authorization of torture. And the Aspen Homeland Security Group’s recent counsel to US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano drew upon the work of the 9/11 Commission to advocate for the joining of “security measures” with “public education campaigns” and “validators” (such as clergy members, celebrities, and grassroots organizations) to “broadcast…mental health indicators”.

Such strategies are eerily similar to disease mongering: the creation of an ‘at-risk’ population is also the creation of a market for technologies and expertise around classification, surveillance, and intervention. One that is especially profitable because it is based on potential; pre-emptive practices mean that threat can never be falsified, thereby propelling people into loopy interventions that reproduce the very fears and insecurities that fertilized their deployment in the first place. This profitability is, moreover, maximized if the ‘at-risk’ population is considered not only treatable, but incurable. Hence the benefit in mobilizing discourses suggesting that violence comes from a chronic illness. If people are forever potentially mad, then they require life-long preventative treatment. Or, as Nikolas Rose[1] argues, in prevention efforts, “what is treated by doctors and drugs…is not disease but the almost infinitely expandable and malleable empire of risk”.

It follows that psychic policing is ripe for exploitation and lubrication by both the security-industrial and medical-industrial complexes. The association that provides support and professional development for campus Behavioural Intervention Teams (NaBITA), for example, brings in half a million dollars annually through membership dues alone, holds three-day trainings at $1500 a head, and has “partners” that pay a fee to be listed on their website and that include private companies for administration software, training videos, assessment tools, and specialized consultants. Meanwhile TeenScreen was connected to the Texas Medication Algorithm Project — a controversial program to inflate and monopolize pharmaceutical prescriptions, and deeply affiliated with long-time corporate chum of the Bush family, Eli Lilly. And, seven out the 11 Psychotic Disorders Workgroup members for the DSM-5’s ‘Attenuated Psychosis Syndrome’ — a cluster of symptoms used to ‘identify’ people, “at significantly increased risk of conversion to a full-blown psychotic disorder” — had financial ties to the industry. The studies that informed this pending diagnosis (and its prophylactic antipsychotic treatment) also received considerable funding from drug companies including Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Astra-Zeneca, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, and Eli Lilly.

Psychiatric diagnoses and treatments are being peddled through a medico-security industry. The protection of some, dependent on the policing of others; ‘others’ that — especially under politics of terror — are coded as risky in ways that are deeply classed, raced, nation-ed, and gendered. While acts of violence emerge from spaces of richness, whiteness, ‘America’, and masculinity, the security measures that follow typically ricochet into communities that are poor, brown, black, alien, and/or *****. Lined with political and corporate grease, then, psychic policing is threatening to spiral quickly into social injustice. Not to mention its ability to draw our struggles against violence toward broken brains, rather than toward sick social structures.

About the Contributor

Rachel Jane Liebert is a PhD candidate in Critical Social Psychology at the City University of New York. She explores how, and with what implications, psychiatric diagnoses and treatments circulate with/in post-9/11 US politics. Her research has been published in Social Science & Medicine, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and The Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, among others, as well as mobilized for creative, collaborative activism against the privatization and policing of psyches and bodies with/in medicine and education.

[1] Rose, N. (2007). The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power, and Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century. New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

 

WARNING THIS WILL BE LONG
Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 

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This is one step in identifying what seems to be invisible but is affecting us all everyday. 

WARNING THIS WILL BE LONG
Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1096-introducing-myself-btdt/

There is a crack in everything ..That's how the light gets in :)

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We are in a parallel universe? They don't mention the psych drugs that nearly every school shooter was on. The very worst thing about the medico-security complex is that it will lead to brain damage via forced drugging.

2009: Cancer hospital said I had adjustment disorder because I thought they were doing it wrong. Their headshrinker prescribed Effexor, and my life set on a new course. I didn't know what was ahead, like a passenger on Disneyland's Matterhorn, smiling and waving as it climbs...clink, clink, clink.

2010: Post surgical accidental Effexor discontinuation by nurses, masked by intravenous Dilaudid. (The car is balanced at the top of the track.) I get home, pop a Vicodin, and ...

Whooosh...down, down, down, down, down...goes the trajectory of my life, up goes my mood and tendency to think everything is a good idea.
2012: After the bipolar jig was up, now a walking bag of unrelated symptoms, I went crazy on Daytrana (the Ritalin skin patch by Noven), because ADHD was a perfect fit for a bag of unrelated symptoms. I was prescribed Effexor for the nervousness of it, and things got neurological. An EEG showed enough activity to warrant an epilepsy diagnosis rather than non-epileptic ("psychogenic") seizures.

:o 2013-2014: Quit everything and got worse. I probably went through DAWS: dopamine agonist withdrawal syndrome. I drank to not feel, but I felt a lot: dread, fear, regret, grief: an utter sense of total loss of everything worth breathing about, for almost two years.

I was not suicidal but I wanted to be dead, at least dead to the experience of my own brain and body.

2015: I  began to recover after adding virgin coconut oil and organic grass-fed fed butter to a cup of instant coffee in the morning.

I did it hoping for mental acuity and better memory. After ten days of that, I was much better, mood-wise. Approximately neutral.

And, I experienced drowsiness. I could sleep. Not exactly happy, I did 30 days on Wellbutrin, because it had done me no harm in the past. 

I don't have the DAWS mood or state of mind. It never feel like doing anything if it means standing up.

In fact, I don't especially like moving. I'm a brain with a beanbag body.   :unsure:

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Yes it will and have you noticed that people so drugged if given enough meds will be pliable ... I can't think of the real word I want... suggestive I was and was an easy mark. 

I call it make you stupid steal your ****... 

WARNING THIS WILL BE LONG
Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1096-introducing-myself-btdt/

There is a crack in everything ..That's how the light gets in :)

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Tractable? Compliant?

2009: Cancer hospital said I had adjustment disorder because I thought they were doing it wrong. Their headshrinker prescribed Effexor, and my life set on a new course. I didn't know what was ahead, like a passenger on Disneyland's Matterhorn, smiling and waving as it climbs...clink, clink, clink.

2010: Post surgical accidental Effexor discontinuation by nurses, masked by intravenous Dilaudid. (The car is balanced at the top of the track.) I get home, pop a Vicodin, and ...

Whooosh...down, down, down, down, down...goes the trajectory of my life, up goes my mood and tendency to think everything is a good idea.
2012: After the bipolar jig was up, now a walking bag of unrelated symptoms, I went crazy on Daytrana (the Ritalin skin patch by Noven), because ADHD was a perfect fit for a bag of unrelated symptoms. I was prescribed Effexor for the nervousness of it, and things got neurological. An EEG showed enough activity to warrant an epilepsy diagnosis rather than non-epileptic ("psychogenic") seizures.

:o 2013-2014: Quit everything and got worse. I probably went through DAWS: dopamine agonist withdrawal syndrome. I drank to not feel, but I felt a lot: dread, fear, regret, grief: an utter sense of total loss of everything worth breathing about, for almost two years.

I was not suicidal but I wanted to be dead, at least dead to the experience of my own brain and body.

2015: I  began to recover after adding virgin coconut oil and organic grass-fed fed butter to a cup of instant coffee in the morning.

I did it hoping for mental acuity and better memory. After ten days of that, I was much better, mood-wise. Approximately neutral.

And, I experienced drowsiness. I could sleep. Not exactly happy, I did 30 days on Wellbutrin, because it had done me no harm in the past. 

I don't have the DAWS mood or state of mind. It never feel like doing anything if it means standing up.

In fact, I don't especially like moving. I'm a brain with a beanbag body.   :unsure:

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"tractable dogs that have had some obedience training"

 

or 

A person that has been tricked into something. 
A gullible person.
on the street they call people addicted and mentally frail.. drones... 
drone(n): A drone is someone who follows an ideology or some other form of idealization blindlessly and uncritically. 

The nouns original meaning is used in context with "social" insects, which are ordered into a hive structure. In an insect hive, drones are the workers - the ones gathering food, building the hive - in short: maintaining the hive, controlled by the queen, if not by some common instinctual fellowship and hierarchal order.
the blindly following as they can't think for themselves cause of lack of brain power ...loss of consciousness is what I have called it in the past.... again I am no great scholar there are likely other words for it... I don't know. 
 A person identified as an easy target, or "sucker". A mark is always the short end of a joke or scam, and is never let in on whats going on. A mark is usually being cheated out of money.
 
stupid would be one word... I would use too as I was stupid when drugged.. lost my brain... and most everything else too.

WARNING THIS WILL BE LONG
Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1096-introducing-myself-btdt/

There is a crack in everything ..That's how the light gets in :)

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