Bitterness: victimhood gone to seed

The Doctor is InSo the rapier sharp minds of the American Psychiatric Association have identified a brand spanking new ailment: post traumatic embitterment disorder, PTED. You’re pissed off, it’s a disorder, because, well, we all know that “normal” people aren’t pissed off. The LATimes article quotes the German doctor who “discovered” the malady as saying that a guy who snaps and kills his family may be suffering from this. I can see Jack McCoy rolling his eyes on an episode of Law & Order.

The shrinks are working on a treatment, but I’ll save ’em a bunch of trouble: forgiveness.

That’ll be 5‑cents, please.


  1. I read the article. I don’t understand why this isn’t just OCD. Someone is victimized and they obsess over it to the point where they can think of nothing else. *shrug*


  1. […] LA Times: Bitterness as mental illness? (via) You know them. I know them. And, increasingly, psychiatrists know them. People who feel they have been wronged by someone and are so bitter they can barely function other than to ruminate about their circumstances. This behavior is so common — and so deeply destructive — that some psychiatrists are urging it be identified as a mental illness under the name post-traumatic embitterment disorder. […]

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