Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | May 30, 2009

Attention hypochondriacs

The Daily Beast’s Constantino Diaz-Duran reports that eight new psychological disorders are on the way for your self-diagnosing pleasure. Or, for armchair psychiatrists to use for diagnosing their friends and family. Here’s my favorite for the latter purpose:

People suffering from Embitterment Disorder “feel the world has treated them unfairly. It’s one step more complex than anger. They’re angry plus helpless,” according to German psychiatrist Michael Linden. The illness is related to post-traumatic stress disorder, because it is also believed to be the result of some kind of trauma. According to Dr. Linden’s research, embittered people suffer “repeated intrusive memories of the event,” but often hide their true feelings, as “patients can even smile when engaged in thoughts of revenge.”

Speaking as a Clean House fan (how do people live those cluttered pre-intervention lives?), I have to admit that pathological hoarding is a close second.

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