Last Saturday I had the pleasure of listening to Veronica Morales lecture about psychological disorders at a meeting of our Ohio chapter of ACFW. Mrs. Morales will soon graduate with a degree in psychology and will purse her master’s degree and then a counselor’s license. Her excellent presentation was geared to authors so that we might create realistic characters for our novels. Since my sole education in this area was Psychology 101 many years ago, I was shocked by the number of different disorders: generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive, post-traumatic stress, various dissociative disorders including amnesia and fugues, depersonalization disorder, dissociative identities, borderline personality disorders, antisocial disorder, and others. These were only the ones Mrs. Morales felt we might need for our stories, and didn’t include those in the category of psychosis such as schizophrenia.
I was shocked, and not in a good way. Is there anyone normal left in the world? Did all of these crippling traumas exist years ago, but we simply hadn’t named and gathered data about them yet? Or has our society deteriorated due to the constant onslaught of violence in our movies, on TV, in the news, in children’s video games, and just about everywhere. I have no answer. But I would love to hear your opinion.
Thanks, Mrs. Morales, for a real eye-opener. Have a great week, readers. And focus on pleasant thoughts today. Mary