We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I predict that every life problem will eventually be labelled a "disease."
I wrote a piece on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder earlier this week, in which I suggested that some new diagnoses are being invented in psychiatry more for insurance and pursuit-of-disability reasons than because new diseases are being discovered.
Perhaps the trend began in the 1970s, when addictions were declared diseases rather than very bad habits, for the purpose of obtaining insurance reimbursement for addiction rehab. Then "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" came along around the same time as "Sleep Disorders." Currently, we even have a diagnosis called "nicotine addiction," but I'm not sure whether we have "sex addiction" yet. "Morbid obesity" is surely a disease diagnosis nowadays, but I don't know whether being a fat slob is a diagnosis yet.
We should no longer term such labels "disease diagnoses": We should just call them "Insurance-Codable Conditions (ICC)." For example, pregnancy is not a disease, and to term it a "diagnosis" is odd. Best just to term it an ICC.
To support my view, we have two stories this week:
AMA to vote on whether video game addiction is a disease. They vote on whether something is a disease?
If medicine ever becomes politicized in the US, watch for an explosion of wacky ICCs. I have a few suggestions: Anger Disorder, Television Addiction Disorder, Unhappiness Disorder, Geriatric Disorder, Politics Addiction Disorder, Shopping Disorder, Hates-To-Go-Shopping Disorder, Can't Stand my Spouse Disorder, Carbon Abuse Disorder, and Ordinary Imperfect Person Disorder. Almost forgot an important one - Conservative-Thinking Disorder: the Libs will want to lock me away for that one.
Dear Dr. Bliss,
I suffer from an affliction that manifests itself during the middle of April. My general practionioner advised me I had a form of redistribution toxicity and that only by impoverishing myself could I cure the "disease"
I have asked my congressman with the help of the Hemlock Society to intoduce a bill in Congress exempting those of us with this contagion to be indemnified with a government stipend equal to the level of toxicity, plus 25% of the cost of what the toxicity would have cost had I not received the stipend.
This is a terrible disease that eventually afflicts all working Americans.
I also consulted a specialist in the field and he recommended the same procedure. He even identified several more diseases that hard the basic psychology of humans. First listed was the humilating cigarette filled gutters that cause tertiary lung cancer.
I mean even birth is eventually 100% fatal ..oh the humanity.
But it depends on the blogs one reads, of course. I only read a few, and only once a week, but I get my all of my news and medical info online these days. However, I do read Maggie's twice a day usually.
I like the acronyms. "SAD" is great--Seasonal Affective Disorder. I used to think it meant "Sitting Ass Disorder" because going outside was the prescription. Luther's idea yields "BAD" --another good one. Or bad one.
Who cares about intimacy. Except is it an affliction, disorder, disease, or condition when one is naughty as their libido begs them to be and calls out their own name during orgasm? That sounds like the serious Disorder of Displaced Genital Energies.
"I Wish I Knew How to Quit You". That's a bad disorder. It causes a woman to stay with her man even when he's displaced his G-Energies all over town.
I just learned something. I would never have referred to post traumatic stress as a disease. Or depression. I'm wrong.
"disease |di?z?z| noun a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, esp. one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury : bacterial meningitis is a rare disease | a possible cause of heart disease.
• figurative a particular quality, habit, or disposition regarded as adversely affecting a person or group of people : departmental administration has often led to the dread disease of departmentalitis."