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Re: Diagnosing/labeling others

Posted by Adam on May 22, 2000, at 20:47:41

In reply to Re: Diagnosing/labeling others, posted by grannybabble on May 22, 2000, at 14:43:13

It seems it was just a suggestion. I saw someone when I was in the hospital suffering from "acute mania". She
was given Celexa, and it precipitated a manic episode. She was still in enough command of her faculties to voluntarily
isolate herself after repeated suggestions that her behavior was becoming inappropriate, and that if she did not
make some effort to keep from accosting people, that effort would have to be made for her. She had a lot on her mind,
and felt whoever was nearby needed to hear it. It was very sad, because once it was over, she returned to har usual
self, which was very sweet and actually quite introverted, though admittedly, depressed. I hope she found some relief.

If "Fred" was/is in a manic state, he may not realise it. To be so informed might save him some serious trouble, if
not his life. If he is not so afflicted, no harm done. I imagine "Fred", who clearly displayed some odd and
inappropriate behavior, might benefit from an evaluation. Whatever impells him to get that is a positive thing.

> > Loose associations????
> >
> > The more I read, the more I wonder whether this fellow you heard from is (or was) suffering from acute mania. If he (or she) is reading, I urge him (or her) to look into or at least consider the possibility.
> I know you must feel strongly about these issues to have brought this thread forward and I think that is good,but I think it would be most useful if we focused on the ideas and issues rather than personalities.
> There seems to be an increasing tendency on this board (and I'm not totally innocent) towards labeling others behaviours and beliefs as evidence of pathology. I think this is wrong. I apologize for doing it if I have.
> I think acute mania is not something that can be diagnosed by a stranger in cyberspace. I think someone in acute mania probably would not be receptive to your suggestions anyway no matter of how well meant they may or may not have been.
> I think we would all do well to argue with people's ideas and not offer diagnosis. When a diagnosis is appended to a disagreement it seems to perpetuate stigma and I'm sure you don't want to do that.
> After all loose associations are also associated with creativity.




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