Pediatric Bipoar and the Media of Madness
By: Jonah Bossewitch
Published: 11/12/2009
Uploaded: 11/09/2009
Uploaded by: Jonah Bossewitch
Tags: Attention, bipolar, Communications, controversies, corruption, Education, latour, madness, media, pharma, Psychiatry, sts, surviellance

Description/Abstract: This past decade has witnessed an explosive rise in the controversial diagnosis of pediatric bipolar and the prescription of anti-psychotics to children. Has the behavior of American children grown more irritable and defiant,or has adult judgment of their behavior changed? How can we effectively study and explain these dramatic transformations in judgment and behavior? This article proposes a hypothesis that explains many of these developments and lays out a research program for a continuing investigation of these urgent questions. I sketch the highlights of the controversy around the diagnosis of pediatric bipolar and the emerging relations between the media of surveillance and structures of social control. Then, I explore the connections between the interactive media landscapes inhabited by youth, the incommensurate behavioral expectations imposed on them in schools, and the role of psychoactive drugs in mediating this tension. Finally, I catalog some of the intersections between media, communications, and madness studies and propose a research agenda for studying this controversy using approaches drawn from these disciplines.