Garrison Keillor on Syndromes, A Prairie Home Companion, Sept. 14, 2013:
September in Minnesota: Chill in the air reminds you of mortality. A little bit of that in the air. Memory tinges everything that you see when you get to be my age. . . Start of school, is painful for those of us who weren’t good at school. They expected you to know the answers, not just multiple choice, but to actually say what the Gadsden Purchase, Taft-Hartley Act . . . was. You had to know what these things were or you would be a dummy. That was the word that we used back then. We were very cruel to people who did not have the — nowadays, of course, nowadays, they have come up with ‘syndromes’ that cover (audience laughter and applause) what we used to call ‘dopiness’. And they have initials; now they’re ADHD or PHD, Pernicious Hyperactive Dementia (laughter), and uh, so you just say “I’ve got PHD, and people understand that. You can’t hold it against anybody for having a syndrome, for Heaven’s sake. If you aren’t able to work out the math problems, you can write an essay in the margin of the test saying how you feel about not being able to (laughter) and how this has made you more sensitive to the problems of other people. And they’ll accept that.What this means for the future of medicine, I have no idea. (Laughter) But there there you are. So what was I talking about? Mortality in the air in fall. . . .
Here are resources aimed at resolution:
EXAMPLES OF THE RESEARCH SHE DRAWS ON:
Can meditation slow rate of cellular aging? Cognitive stress, mindfulness, and telomeres: Elissa Epel, PhD., Jennifer Daubenmier, Ph.D., […], and Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3057175/ (Dr. Epel’s list of telomere-strengthening approaches will be added soon)
Childhood maltreatment and telomere shortening: preliminary support for an effect of early stress on cellular aging. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19828140 Biol Psychiatry. 2010 Mar 15;67(6):531-4. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2009.08.014. Epub 2009 Oct 14.
Childhood Adversities Are Associated with Shorter Telomere Length at Adult Age both in Individuals with an Anxiety Disorder and Controls www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0010826