Flyers Diagnosis: Downie’s Syndrome

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Thanks to the good people at Fairview Health Center, we have a medical diagnosis about what’s caused the Flyers’ recent PR woes, most recently since the NHL decided not to suspend Steve Downie.

It’s Downie’s Syndrome. Often a symbiosis of personality disorders and failure to attend school of any kind, Downie’s Syndrome causes sufferers to inflict severe head injuries upon others but only when they are utterly defenseless. Or sucker punch midget cancer patients in the face who can’t respond because they’re being held by a linesman. Downie’s Syndrome is a short-lived disease, however, as symptoms also include severe retaliatory behavior, often from Wade Belak.

If you didn’t click the Fairview link above, here’s the mental health highlight reel:
What is Intermittent explosive disorder?
Intermittent Explosive Disorder is an impulse control disorder. People who have this disorder have sudden, unpredictable reactions that are violent and aggressive. Their reaction is out of proportion to what happened. They may regret the outburst afterwards. They are not violent or aggressive most of the time.

How does it occur?

As with other impulse control disorders, the cause of IED is not known. The neurotransmitter serotonin (a brain chemical) may play a role in this disorder. Things that increase the risk for the disorder include having parents who:

  • abused and neglected the child
  • abused drugs or alcohol
  • were impulsive, destructive, reckless, or violent
  • were not consistent in their discipline.

Violent, destructive behaviors often start in childhood. IED occurs more often in men. Women may have it as part of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

 

What are the symptoms?
IED may be linked to violent behavior such as physical assault, murder, or violent suicide. People who have intermittent explosive disorder:

  • are repeatedly and suddenly violent
  • cannot stop or control impulsive, aggressive actions
  • destroy property
  • react way out of proportion to things that happen.

How is it treated?

Treatment for IED usually involves both psychotherapy and medicine. Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) is a way to help you identify and change views you have of yourself, the world, and the future that are not realistic. This therapy helps you recognize unhealthy ways of thinking. You will learn new thought and behavior patterns that lead to healthier living. You may be prescribed medicines such as antidepressants, mood stabilizers, or antipsychotic medicines.

What can I do to help myself?
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important. To help control intermittent explosive disorder:

  • Exercise at least 20 minutes every day. For example, take a brisk walk.
  • Learn which activities make you feel better and do them often.
  • Talk to your family and friends.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine.
  • Get 6 to 8 hours of sleep per night.
  • Avoid using drugs.
  • Learn relaxation techniques or yoga.

When should I seek help?


When you play for the 2008 Flyers.

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2 Responses

  1. […] an epidemic!  Downie’s Syndrome is spreading throughout the Flyers faster than Mrs. Souray on Saturday night. Exhibit A: Bobby […]

  2. […] 1/24/08 Location: Philadelphia Notes: Oui, les Flyers’ hab all succumbed to Downie’s Syndrome. It’s ‘ard to believe that these…these…these, eh, man/enfants have not […]

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