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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Devil Wears Cap Ayam

One of the things I enjoy during the fasting month is catching up on Oprah right after sahur. I guess they never changed the Head of Scheduling at Star World because I've been doing it for the past 3 years. Who on earth watches Oprah at 5 in the morning on weekdays??
Anyhow, nothing gets you up and ready for the day than the wholesome goodness of the Oprah Winfrey Show. I always learn something new. And today (this morning, that is), I learned about Tourette's Syndrome which occurs in every one out of a thousand newborns. Which is not uncommon, don't you think? How come I've never heard of this before? You selfish self-centered brat.
Mental disorders have always fascinated me. Maybe because I'm quite dysfunctional myself, but that's beside the point. These kids with Tourette's are normal, everyday kids. They're not mentally challenged or anything. They're just kids with peculiar habits that they don't have control over.
Which reminded me of a documentary I happen to catch on TVIQ (yes, that TV IQ) on a boring Sunday night a few weeks ago. It was about people who feel that their arms and legs are not a part of them and therefore, should be removed. It almost blew my brains out. Who would want to amputate their own healthy, still-functional leg? A quick Google on the matter led me to learn more about Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID). Wow. I never knew such a disease existed in the first place.
I guess in a way, Hollywood has helped out a lot in us understanding more about mental diseases. Memorable characters such as Dustin Hoffman's Rain Man and good 'ol Jack getting As Good As It Gets breaks down barriers in society accepting these people and their special needs. I, for one certainly have benefited from all this.
But in all honesty, I really don't have an excuse. My father teaches counseling and we get Psychology Today in the mailbox every month.
Just shows how much I've been reading in the house. Remote, please.

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