Sunday, 16 November 2014

Day 253 - A New Disorder discovered: Calling everything a disorder…



“Othello Syndrome is a psychiatric disorder where a person is convinced their partner is being unfaithful - but with very little, if any, proof to confirm their fears.The name is derived from Shakespeare’s Othello, who killed his wife Desdemona after suspecting her infidelity. The condition presents itself as jealous and controlling behaviour and sometimes violence - but the two main characteristics are delusions and obsessions.In men the jealousy tends to focus around sexual infidelity, whereas in women it may centre around emotional betrayal.Treatment includes antidepressant and antipsychotic medication and/or therapy.

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index In the article the woman has delusional jealousy where she believes the guy is having an affair even though he is not. This is labeled as a disorder called Othello Syndrome. Some time ago a read an article of guy who always procrastinates, went to a psychologist who “diagnosed” him with chronic procrastination – calling it an disorder. Why is it that we call somebody who procrastinates or is insanely jealous as having a disorder?

It is like we have defined ourselves as perfect beings and whenever something does not fit into that idea it is called a disorder. It is not a disorder – calling it a disorder is basically saying that it’s not the persons doing. It’s the person’s fault that they are jealous or procrastinate, it is the disorders fault and there is nothing you can do about it. It is like a complete abdication of self-responsibility.

The truth is that these things are all created by us. We create the jealousy and allow it to exist with us. WE are the ones responsible. We cannot label it as a disorder, because then we basically say that it’s not our doing and that we have no control over it and will have to live with it for the rest of our lives.

Humans are not perfect – we make mistakes and to stupid things sometimes. It’s not a disorder – it’s being human. It is up to us to take self responsibly for the mistakes and things we create within ourselves and stop it. I don’t even want to know how the world will be once we call everything a disorder and refuse to take responsibly for it. I can you tell you the psychology industry will be making even more profits making everybody pill poppers.

So let us stop calling everything a disorder and take self-responsibility for what is going on within ourselves. The fact remains that we create these things in ourselves: anger, jealousy, , depression etc. And we have the power to undo it so that we do not have to live with it for the rest of our lives.

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