An Amusing Conversation

prozac-nation-400x400Akshaya Pillai: Have you read about bipolar disorder?

Shanu Athiparambath: Yes. I have read a book.

Akshaya Pillai: Can you pass it?

Shanu Athiparambath: Yes. Now.

Akshaya Pillai: 🙂 Whenever you are free. I am keen on reading about it.

Shanu Athiparambath: Why so? I read about all sorts of so called mental disorders.

Akshaya Pillai: Rahul’s father was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He talks a lot about it. And it sounds very interesting. I do not usually read any of this, like you know.

Shanu Athiparambath: I see. His father must be reasonably old. I think most men and women of that generation are somewhat socially adjusted.

Akshaya Pillai: The doctor here said that it runs in the family.

Akshaya Pillai: He has extreme highs and lows. When he is high, he’d invest a lot, he’d take big decisions, buy a big car, spend, he will have a lots of friends, he’d be loud and social, he’d do a lot of stuff, he’d be confident then, over confident

Shanu Athiparambath: Yeah. That is how it is. They have highs and lows. They can also be very meek when they have lows, and arrogant when they have highs. But, the way you expressed it is very accurate. When we had the conversation on Asperger, you said: “I thought these are mere preferences.

Shanu Athiparambath: Szasz said that absurd beliefs shared by millions are “healthy”; equally absurd beliefs held by a lone individual are “sick.”I do not think Indian psychologists know anything. Have you ever been to shrinks?

Akshaya Pillai: Nope. I have once told my parents that they should consider meeting a shrink or split ways. But there is such a stigma here associated with going to see a shrink

Akshaya Pillai: I think I will like “An unquiet mind”. And it is such a coincidence

Shanu Athiparambath: I see. Did you start reading it?

Akshaya Pillai: Rahul Pillai just told me this evening that he is reading it.

Shanu Athiparambath: Oh. Great

Akshaya Pillai: And when I came back

Shanu Athiparambath: It is one of the famous works

Akshaya Pillai: You had mailed it.

Shanu Athiparambath: I do not think he must have got a hard copy. What happened with his father?

Akshaya Pillai: He does. He has a hard copy.

Shanu Athiparambath: I see. How? Is it available in book stalls in Trivandrum?

Akshaya Pillai: I think he ordered the copy for his did. His dad has a bigger illness. He is a COPD patient.

Shanu Athiparambath: I see. Are both connected? I read a review on Prozac Nation. A good review. The reviewer says that if you read the book carefully, she is just a normal girl who is responding to the situations in her life.

Post Script: This is a classic case of indirect communication. What she is trying to tell is that her father has bipolar disorder and that he has a much greater disease. And whether I would just take her. Haha. Why do I post this?  Ask me why!


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