Syndromes. Chances are you suffer from one or more of them. These days there are labels for practically everything under the sun.
Do you compulsively pick the skin of your fingers and bite your fingernails? Perhaps you suffer from dermatillomania and/or onycophagia.
Do you get so angry that you explode sometimes in episodes of rage? Do you throw or break stuff when you are angry? You might suffer from intermittent explosive disorder.
Do you have trouble focusing at work? Are you a chronic procrastinator? Do you get bored easily and find it hard to pay attention when something is repetitive? Is your house a mess? Is your sink full of dirty dishes? A diagnosis of attention deficit disorder may be in store for you.
Do you feel intense sadness sometimes for no particular reason? Are you afflicted by feelings of dread? Do you have trouble sleeping at night? You may be clinically depressed.
Do you drink too much, smoke compulsively, use drugs? Are you a religious zealot? You could be suffering from addiction.
I could go on and on and on. Some of these labels have affected me personally. Others have touched friends or loved ones.
What is one to do? On the one hand, I think looking at some of this phenomena in a scientific light is an improvement over blaming everything on character flaws or considering that someone is lazy, indulgent, or a drama queen/king. On the other hand, I am not sure that the cure to all these problems is popping pills or looking for clues in one's past. There is also the danger of biological determinism, of people just giving up (it's genetic, why fight it?), embracing their labels and not working on overcoming whatever handicaps they have been dealt.
What do you guys think?