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Disease : 1. a disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection, poisons, nutritional deficiency or imbalance, toxicity, or unfavorable environmental factors; illness; sickness; ailment.
Illness : 1. unhealthy condition; poor health; indisposition; sickness.
Sickness: 1. a particular disease or malady.
malady: 1. any disorder or disease of the body, esp. one that is chronic or deepseated.
2. any undesirable or disordered condition: social maladies; a malady of the spirit.
Originally posted by Heike
For Omega and ImaginaryReality:
Consider OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorders), like Mr. Monk on USA. For those of us who are relatively "normal" in that respect, it seems that the OCD person could simply STOP doing what they are doing. Watching a person who has a behavioral "tic" or compulsively washes their hands until they are raw, you literally want to reach out and grab their hands and yell "just STOP!" But they can't. Consider Tourette's Syndrome. Doesn't it seem to an uninformed person that the afflicted is spouting profanity on purpose and could just as easily shut their mouth? But they aren't, and no matter how it looks to you, they can't just "stop it." And neither can the alcoholic just stop drinking. Think about it before you pass judgment on something that you don't have enough information to judge accurately.
Originally posted by IMAdamnALIEN
reply to post by capgrup
If it was learned, why aren't you an alcoholic too?
You cannot blame anyone for what has happened to your brother.
He has brought this upon himself. He made a decision to drink instead of being clear headed and sober.
It has nothing to to with a made up disease (alcoholism) ; which is similar to acid reflux disease and restless leg syndrome. They are made up to make the sufferer feel better about what they are going through. If its out of their hands then they have no control. On the contrary, they have complete control and are doing this to themselves.
There is nothing wrong with despising these types of individuals, even if it's family.....
He chose the wrong path. It has nothing to do with you or anyone else.
Originally posted by ImaginaryReality1984
Torettes is very very diffenrt because it seems ot be a physical thing within the brain itself and not a psychological thing.