He Lost His Only Daughter Due to ECA

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Cross-posted at Pam's House Blend.

What is color-aroused emotion, ideation and behavior and how can you tell whether it is benign, mild, moderate or severe?  The following story, recounted to me this morning here in Bahia, Brazil, illustrates both what the illness is and how to determine its level of severity with specificity.

I have a friend named Bruna, a white-skinned Brazilian woman who is recounting the following story, about a close friend of hers, and I am translating and typing it up now, as she speaks.  Bruna says,

I have a friend named "Monica" whose skin is very white, and she has long blond hair and green eyes.  She and I prepared for the college entrance exams together, and her case stands out as the most drastic case of color-aroused hatred that I have ever witnessed:

Monica's mother and father were divorced and Monica lived with her father.  She was an only child.  When Monica was in high school, she was secretly in love with a classmate, "João", who was also in love with her.  However, Monica's father was very color-aroused. Monica's father constantly told Monica, "Never date a Black!  Never fall in love with a Black!" Her father was stern and severe.

Little did he know that his daughter already was secretly in love with a Black.  In the private school they attended, Monica looked secretly toward João, and he glanced back surreptitiously at her.  Whenever João was not in class, Monica copied and passed her notes to João, as well as informing him of the homework that was assigned.  João asked Monica to go out with him and she was dying of desire to do so.  

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A Psychiatrist Speaks Out for a Change, by David Jaffe

This past Sunday's Washington Post featured an article by Elizabeth J. Roberts, a child and adolescent psychiatrist in California, who voiced concern about the increasing tendency of psychiatric and pediatric providers to unnecessarily pathologize and medicate children with emotional and behavioral difficulties.  

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Manic Attorney Demands Psychiatric Treatment

"Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most." I am a lawyer, but I don't practice law any longer; the struggle was too great.  I'm manic depressive and have been most of my life.  I had hoped I could overcome it.  Now, I wish I hadn't done many of the things I did, but I can't take them back.  If only I could've gotten psychiatric care earlier, I think things might have been different.

Cross-Posted at www.dailykos.com/story/2006/6/4/131155/5 116

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