[ExI] "Take a stress pill, Dave"

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Sun Apr 12 03:26:20 UTC 2009

2009/4/12 painlord2k at libero.it <painlord2k at libero.it>:

> Alienated youth are often suffering of a form or another of psychiatric
> problems. They could be sub-clinical. Usually don't needing forced
> treatments. Usually don't are detected until much later, when the problems
> show clearly, they start abuse drugs and so on. Many alienated youth are
> simply alienated because they have poor behaviours, poor impulse control and
> poor tolerance to frustrations. They are more on the "borderline personality
> disorder" side.

Psychiatry distinguishes between (in the DSM-IV) "Axis I" disorders
such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and "Axis II" or
personality disorders. There are fundamental differences between the
two. For example, personality disorders are stable throughout life and
do not respond to the biological treatments we currently have, while
Axis I disorders afflict people who were previously well, tend to lead
to either progressive disability or severe episodic disability, and
often do respond to biological treatments. Better understanding of the
brain may allow us to change peoples' personalities in future but we
have to be very careful with how we use such technologies, since there
would be a temptation for government or business to require everyone
to be a docile, law-abiding citizen.

Stathis Papaioannou

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