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Re: Psychiatric illness ed_uk2010

Posted by sigismund on March 12, 2010, at 20:47:04

In reply to Re: Psychiatric illness, posted by ed_uk2010 on March 12, 2010, at 17:25:00

My shrink said that he would be prepared to provide a diagnosis of ADHD *if* he felt it would be to the patient's benefit. I don't think he has any faith in the diagnosis as such.

I think it's much the same as with you, except I wonder if our attitude is a little more generous? Some British doctors of my acquaintance seem somewhat punitive. Then again, I live in one of those trendy sceptical areas.

I have heard of people learning the symptoms and getting the diagnosis, though I didn't have the stomach for that.

And I can't possibly go to a doctor and say some crap like 'I have comorbid ADHD and OCD, requiring something nice'.

There was a case up north where some kids shared their Ritalin and were incautious enough to take handfuls and had to be carted off to the local hospital foaming at the mouth.

In the streets here when we arrived in Tet there were lots of photocopied US$100 bills being burned in front of joss sticks and little shrines. The money is spiritually transported to the souls of the departed awaiting reincarnation, whether to buy their way up the ladder or to provided for their needs, I'm not sure. As above, so below, I guess.

Humans are very interesting.

We went to church last Sunday and found the cathedral full of young people, as it would not be at home. There was some kind of plainsong catechism lasting an hour before the Mass started. I found it very moving. Not so long ago, maybe from 1975 to 1990, it would have been an act of defiance of the regime, I think.

 

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