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    Happiness a Psychiatric Disorder?

    According to the Journal of Medical Ethics: A proposal to classify happiness as a psychiatric disorder.
    It is proposed that happiness be classified as a psychiatric disorder and be included in future editions of the major diagnostic manuals under the new name: major affective disorder, pleasant type.


    In a review of the relevant literature it is shown that happiness is statistically abnormal, consists of a discrete cluster of symptoms, is associated with a range of cognitive abnormalities, and probably reflects the abnormal functioning of the central nervous system.
    One possible objection to this proposal remains – that happiness is not negatively valued. However, this objection is dismissed as scientifically irrelevant.
    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/di...tric-disorder/

    THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE HERE SUFFERING FROM THIS DISORDER!




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    Re: Happiness a Psychiatric Disorder?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan View Post
    THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE HERE SUFFERING FROM THIS DISORDER!

    I am definitely a longtime sufferer. I hear it's contagious and spreads like wildfire among forums and in holiday crowds.

    I do not want to be cured.
    In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.

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    Oh my. I am definitely very deeply afflicted.

    Pray for me.

    Best,



    David
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    www.DavidSosnowski.com

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    Re: Happiness a Psychiatric Disorder?

    The only way that I can see happiness as abnormal in any way is if it's drug-induced. Even so, the person afflicted can't be held responsible for his/her actions. But as long as I can plead insanity, I'm all good.
    "The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese." -Steven Wright, comedian

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    Our "Big Brother," the government, of course, will have to step in and force us to stamp much of our music like so:

    SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: This music may produce near-fatal effects on the mental health of pregnant women.
    Arvid Hand
    Theory-Comp./Piano
    ASCAP

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    Re: Happiness a Psychiatric Disorder?

    Acutal program note from my piece Sol Demens [A Mad Sun] (2004)


    Disclaimer: Listening to this piece can be harmful to your psyche and the composer will not be held responsible for any damage or bruising of the listener's psyche, nor will he accept any responsibility for any negative karma that might accrued to the listener.
    //
    // Ars longa, vita brevis
    // http://edosbear.blogspot.com/
    //

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    Finally someone has proven my grumpy demeanor is normal.

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    Re: Happiness a Psychiatric Disorder?

    Here's more on the satirical blog post this thread's topic strange from:

    http://mindhacks.com/2010/11/11/a-ha...ness-disorder/

    Interesting stuff. And even beyond what's said there, it is a curious thing how people can tend to think that happiness is some kind of mind set which we're supposed to stay stuck in, when it's actually as fleeting an emotion as being angry. "Are you happy?"--"You mean right at this moment?" "Well, yeah." "Well then, no. But I'll let you know when I'm happy about something - but you'll have to be alert, because the brain can't stay in one emotional state for more than a very short time." Ya know?

    Randy - not perpetually happy, but enjoys his happy moments

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