Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bacon sez: Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome is the pits!

Being a robot monkey, Bacon doesn't have many medical problems. Sure, occasionally we have to hose some excess apple butter out of his intestinal track, but he's pretty much ship-shape. But that doesn't stop Bacon from reading all the medical websites he can find. He enjoys learning about polyps, beriberi and all the other fun things that can happen to the body.

So yesterday, before we settled in to watch the convention, Bacon showed me some research he'd done on Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome. I could see what Bacon was getting at -- does John McCain suffer from this problem?

It's a fair question. Studies suggest that as many as nine out of ten POWs suffer from PTSS. McCain was beaten and tortured for years (far longer than the average of 28-months in the study that gives us the 90% result).

While only an open record of McCain's mental health history and military records can answer the question for sure, the best we can do now is take a look at the symptoms of the disease and how they relate to McCain. Symptoms include:

"chronic physical signs of hyperarousal, including sleep problems, trouble concentrating, irritability, anger, poor concentration, blackouts or difficulty remembering things, increased tendency and reaction to being startled, and hypervigilance to threat."

Considering that nine out of ten POWs suffer from PTSS, and given how many of its symptoms fit McCain, why isn't this a part of the discussion about his fitness to be president? I know someone who suffers from PTSS, and he'd be the first to tell you he shouldn't be president.

1 comment:

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