If you are like most people in the US this flu season, you probably find yourself scrolling through your social media news feed regularly or watching your local news stations and coming across more than one seemingly reputable news article entitled “Georgia Named Sickest State in the Country.” Maybe you shared it. Perhaps you didn’t even read it, but the headline was enough to cause concern for the well-being of your family and friends—reasonably so. There is no doubt that this flu season has been a harsh one but with the media taking any anecdotal evidence and running with it, it’s difficult to tell what’s real and what’s “clickbait.”
Mental illnesses come in all shapes and sizes. Since there are so many mental disorders, there is also tons of misinformation that gets circulated throughout our society. Have you ever heard anyone say, “I’m so O.C.D!”? Well, this my friends, is incorrect. Not only is obsessive compulsive disorder (O.C.D) not an adjective, it’s also not synonymous with “being neat.” There are plenty of other misconceptions about other mental illnesses floating around our societal consciousness and I am here to dispel a few.
We live in an era of interesting and innovative technological advances. Some of which, would make great fodder for a new season of our favorite dystopian anthology series, Black Mirror. From self-driving semis to paying for goods with your face, here are 10 technological advances that sound like we are living in an episode of Black Mirror.
The acronym O.C.D. stands for obsessive compulsive disorder. It's characterized by unreasonable thoughts or fears and is usually accompanied with anxiety and feelings of guilt. Ritualistic behaviors, such as the meaningless repeating of words or actions, are symptoms of O.C.D. as well as, compulsive hoarding, hyper vigilance, social isolation, agitation and hyperactivity. It's a havoc wreaking and burdening disorder but is often written over as someone's desire for cleanliness or organization.
If you haven't been living under a rock that may or may not animate into a killer robot, then you have probably heard of Netflix's hit sci-fi anthology show entitled Black Mirror. You know, that show your friends keep telling you about? Well, if you haven't, here is a nearly impossible to explain run-down. Every episode of seasons 1-3 are different stories with different characters and actors. Each installment is typically within the thematic realm of dystopian science fiction, specifically surrounding technology.
Diabetes, cancer, and heart disease are caused by a combination of environmental, biological, and behavioral factors. Believe it or not, the same factors are what can lead to addiction. With meeting these criteria, we can say, empirically, that addiction is too, a disease.