Monday, June 19, 2006

Road rage is a disease?

I love Dr. William Campbell Douglass' daily dose of medical reality. He's an old-school sawbones with a healthy skepticism about the tendency to paint every human shortcoming as a disorder that can best be managed using some pricey pharmaceutical.

Today, Douglass tees off on recent reports giving road rage a new name: Intermittent Explosive Disorder, or IED. (Isn't that a cute little acronym?) In other words, these medical mush minds think that if you get peeved by jerks who tailgate, cut you off, or drive 10 miles under the speed limit in the fast lane, you're ready for a prescription for Prozac, Dilantin or Zoloft.

Any road dog knows that idiot drivers run rampant on our nation's highways. And sometimes, they pull moves that will leave any normal human being -- at least one possessed of adequate powers of observation -- fuming. Here's to the good doctor (who's a great writer, by the way) for debunking this new medical myth and warning about the folly of prescribing "happy pills" for every little thing. Hotheads unite!

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