[LMB] Madness

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 8 04:31:50 BST 2021


I'm reminded of a old hoary joke; How many psychologists does it take to
change a lightbulb?



None, the lightbulb has to change itself.

On Mon, Jun 7, 2021, 11:29 AM Beatrice Otter via Lois-Bujold <
lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> wrote:

> Beatrice Otter:
>
> With both PTSD and addiction, we can't "cure" it--but we can manage both
> conditions, and in the case of PTSD, reduce the symptoms. And while we
> can't do much (yet) to reduce the body's dependence on most drugs, we can
> (in many people) reduce the dependence on opioids and/or alcohol using
> naltrexone--and that method isn't new, it's been around since the 90s.
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> Furthermore, we know enough about both PTSD and addiction to be able to
> take actions that reduce them, although especially in the case of addiction
> this doesn't mean we'll actually *do* that because in a lot of cases it
> contradicts cultural narratives.
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> Western culture tends to treat health (both physical and mental) as if
> there are only two poles to the binary: either you are healthy or not. And
> if you get sick/hurt, either you can be cured or not. But that doesn't
> actually reflect the reality of either mental or physical health very well.
> We can't cure diabetes! ... but we can manage it so it's not much of a
> problem for most people who have it. And that's true for a ton of health
> problems (both physical and mental). In so many cases (including addiction
> and PTSD), focusing on "can we cure it?" is unhelpful and likely to prevent
> us from seeing the things that can be done to manage/reduce the condition.
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> ---- On Mon, 07 Jun 2021 06:55:20 -0700 Rebecca Price <mailto:
> becca7108 at gmail.com> wrote ----
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> One thing I beg to differ on, William. We can't "cure" PTSD, in that we
> can't edit memories, but there are several techniques that can help a lot.
> I think the biggest problem with curing PTSD is a lack of trained
> resources.
>
> On Mon, Jun 7, 2021 at 9:19 AM WILLIAM A WENRICH <mailto:wawenri at msn.com>
> wrote:
> > In RL, we can’t even cure addictions or PTSD. W
> >
> >
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