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Let’s get rid of the word, stigma, once and for all. Every once in a blue moon, I feel the urge to sound off. Please indulge me:
As a word, “stigma” is an insult to the outrages inflicted upon our population. Its use - even by well-meaning people - only perpetuates our status as third-class citizens. A quick history lesson:
In the US, during the first decades of the twentieth century - in the name of the improvement of the human race, with the sanction of the Supreme Court - 30,000 individuals deemed mentally unfit were subjected to enforced sterilization.
In Hitler’s Germany, some 300,000 to 400,000 forced sterilizations were carried out. Then, beginning in 1939, a quarter million mentally and physically disabled people were gassed in special “euthanasia” centers.
We live in a more enlightened age, but the basic premise that we are not welcome as equals in society remains substantially unchallenged. We are no...
Whenever I diagnose genital warts in a teenager it's always a huge deal. Tears, sometimes devastation, and about a million questions usually follow. Girls and guys want to know: "Exactly what are genital warts?" "How did I get them? We always use a condom!" "But my partner didn't have any warts -- so where did they come from?" "Can you get them any other way besides from sex" "How well does treatment work?" "Will the warts ever go away for good?" "Isn't this going to totally screw up my sex life?" "What about oral sex? Can we still do it?" "Am I going to infect someone else?" "Will I ever be normal again?" And girls want to know: "Does this mean I can't have children?" "Am I going to get cancer?" These are real questions from real patients. As you learn the answers, remember one fact and some good news: · ...
There is a significant amount of research and anecdotal information about the frequency with which adults with intractable headaches or migraines also experience mood disorders. The two most common mood disorders reported by patients are depression and anxiety. In fact, an article published in 2010 suggests that there may be a genetic link between depression and migraine. In her discussion of this research, Teri Robert indicates that 47% of migraineurs also experience depression. (See Migraine and Depression May Be Linked Genetically .) Other research indicates a strong relationship between anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. (See Migraine Associated with Mental Health Disorders .) This is hardly news to those of us who deal with intractable headaches and chronic migraines. Discussion forums are full of comments from men and women with intractable headaches and chronic migraines who struggle with either depression or anxiety. While we may assume the same ...
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