Called “Transhuman Dis-associative Neurosis” clinically. Techshock most commonly correlates with excessive cybernetic implants or performance-enhancing drug use, but severe trauma or injury are also commonly associated with Techshock.

it is said to be a state of disaffection and alienation from society and humanity. People are advised to avoid elective use of cybernetics and performance-enhancing drugs, as this is claimed to make them inhuman and unacceptable to a social-minded individual.

Techshock is a condition of great concern within the inner city where people are carefully watched by the Community Peace Officers and referred to Community Support Agents if they behave unusually. Some so diagnosed are harmless, simply lost in their own world cut off from society. Agents attempt to direct them towards an acceptable sociable way of behaving in society and normalise them “for their own good”. Those in the slums are left to fend for themselves, for good or bad.

Rumour has it that some cases of Techshock are actually political action, to keep troublemakers under control by discrediting them as “ill” and keeping them locked up “for their protection”. For these people, disagreeing or resisting control will only confirm the diagnosis and raise claims that they are a threat to themselves.

In the slums, there is little treatment or care available for those diagnosed with Techshock. The slums do little to obstruct strange, eccentric behavior. As long as a resident's behavior doesn't cause any disturbance to anyone else, they will typically be left to their own devices.

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