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The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
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Doctors stack symptoms and bundle them together as a disorder. Pharmaceutical companies design drugs to treat the disorder. The doctors then receive funding from the drug companies for staff, research, facilities, etc. where they then diagnose patients with the disorders they've invented and prescribe them drugs sold by the companies who now effectively own them.

As Chris Rock so aptly put it (and I'm paraphrasing) - "the money is in the treatment... ain't no money in the cure!"

A generation of falsely diagnosed children (and adults) are being drugged to feed the pharmaceutical industry.

A similar pattern can be found in the Prison Industrial Complex. There's money and jobs in locking people up and 'rehabilitating' them. Of course, the game is rigged so they can 'get better' but are never fully cured.

If you cure the cause, you've lost a client! Treat the symptoms and you've got a customer for life.

Of course, there are plenty of people who are sick and do need medicine and there are plenty of people who are sick and do need to be locked up. Perhaps the problems start when money enters the equation. It can corrupt the intentions of the people in the health care and law enforcement fields and may also attract unscrupulous sorts looking to cash in without conscience. The dark side of capitalism. Profit at any cost. And the bigger the money gets... well, you know. Just ask Roger Goodell... or the Wall Street Tycoons... Campaign Finance Recipients... Student Loan Lenders... Mortgage Brokers... Any of the 1%. Anybody who wants to be in the 1%.

The Chief warned his son Dan against the NFL's first big TV contract. "Danny!" I said to him. "That's too much money."
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