Neuroses

[NOTE: If you have questions about any of the mental health issues discussed here, please ask on this page! I will do my best to answer them all, and if I can’t, I’ll find someone or something that can.]

Holy hell, that’s a lot of acronyms, Batman!

Yeah, disorders like to run in packs of acronyms. To be honest, I don’t really like the term “disorder”. Okay, so these problems can really disrupt your life, but “disorder” presupposes some sort of “order”, and I’m of the firm opinion that we’re all fucking nuts. There is no real “order”, no real “norm” — there’s just an average that certain populations trend to for any given variable, a median mooring point to explain those things happening at the far outliers (like me) to those people who’ve been lucky (or unlucky?) enough to hang around and within the first standard deviation all their lives.

As frustrating as some of these issues have been for me (and, I’m sure, others like me), and as much as I’d like to temper their extreme influence on my life at least a bit, I’m glad they’re part and parcel of me. I’m a weird guy. They helped me become that. I like that. If you don’t, quite frankly, you can kiss my ass.

Where were we?

Oh yeah, packs of acronyms. Right.

I want this site to be useful in some way. At the very least, if you read a post and it entertains you, I’d like to delude myself into thinking you’ve clicked up here to read up a bit on the issues involved. Mental health is important, yet the topic is rife with stereotypes, myths, and ignorant assumptions. I plan to build a list of resources on this page to help enlighten and educate. For now, however, all you get are Wikipedia links. (NB: I fucking LOVE Wikipedia. Isn’t the internet awesome? Maybe that’s just my ADHD talking, though.)

ADHD = Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

“Whatever. ADHD is totally a myth.” Right?

WRONG. From the “International Consensus Statement on ADHD“:

We, the undersigned consortium of international scientists, are deeply concerned about the periodic inaccurate portrayal of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in media reports. This is a disorder with which we are all very familiar and toward which many of us have dedicated scientific studies if not entire careers. We fear that inaccurate stories rendering ADHD as myth, fraud, or benign condition may cause thousands of sufferers not to seek treatment for their disorder. It also leaves the public with a general sense that this disorder is not valid or real or consists of a rather trivial affliction. …

Occasional coverage of the disorder casts the story in the form of a sporting event with evenly matched competitors. The views of a handful of nonexpert doctors that ADHD does not exist are contrasted against mainstream scientific views that it does, as if both views had equal merit. Such attempts at balance give the public the impression that there is substantial scientific disagreement over whether ADHD is a real medical condition. In fact, there is no such disagreement—at least no more so than there is over whether smoking causes cancer, for example, or whether a virus causes HIV/AIDS. …

We cannot overemphasize the point that, as a matter of science, the notion that ADHD does not exist is simply wrong. All of the major medical associations and government health agencies recognize ADHD as a genuine disorder because the scientific evidence indicating it is so overwhelming. …

click here to read the full statement

Depression (wanted to switch it up — could’ve gone with MDD = Major Depressive Disorder, but I don’t like the feel of “major” — that sounds BAD*!)

GAD = Generalized Anxiety Disorder

OCD = Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Tourette’s Syndrome


Resources

  • http://www.addforums.com – Fantastic forum geared towards those with AD/HD but also includes OCD, Tourette’s, depression, anxiety
  • For a great detailed description of what AD/HD is and isn’t, read this post by KMiller, a regular contributor on ADDForums.
  • There are more coming! Take it easy!

*BAD = Big Angry Disorder? Heh.

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