June 12th, 2006

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Linguistics; medical language; Intermittent Explosive Disorder...

Those of you who've been reading this journal a while will remember my claim that the U.S. medical-industry-plus-drug-industry (hereafter MIPDI) is actively engaged in finding examples of (a) normal human life stages and/or (b) normal human behavior and redefining them as diseases, followed almost immediately by the vigorous marketing of new drugs to "treat" these conditions. [See, for example, the post at http://ozarque.livejournal.com/220853.html .]

I thought this phenomenon had been pushed about as far as it could be pushed when they came out with perimenopause -- the alleged disorder represented by the (roughly) seven years preceding menopause, and I suggested that they could never get away with any such tactics with U.S. adult males .... only to be proved wrong when [SHAZAM!!] they trotted out the "male menopause" and gave it the incantational name "andropause." I've been watching, since then, for the drug ads to appear promising relief from "periandropause" -- as long as the men seeking that relief don't mind suffering from diarrhea, headache, hair loss, depression, viral infections, sore throat, and (rarely) paralysis.

Periandropause, with its companion drug, hasn't surfaced yet, but not to worry; it will.

In the meantime, the MIPDI has outdone itself and exceeded my wildest expectations: It has come up with Intermittent Explosive Disorder (LaypersonSpeak: occasional unjustified temper tantrums). If you've had three of those "at any time in your life," you're suffering from this disorder and you need to assume the Sick Role and get medical treatment; drugs suggested for this purpose include at least Tegretol, Depakote, Prozac, Neurontin, Lamictal, Dilantin, Zoloft, and Effexor.

To read about this startling new scientific discovery, you could go to http://www.nimh.nih.gov/press/iedepi.cfm , a source I chose because it comes directly from the U.S. government's National Institute of Mental Health instead of from a tabloid, and should therefore be expected to be reasonably reasonable.

Saints preserve us.