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Vectors of Being and Nonbeing Closed mind > closed body > closed system > entropy. Open mind > open body > open system > syntropy. Vectors of ceasing and arising, of being and nonbeing. Choose one....
Controlling Men. Why Are They Like That? Are you involved with a controlling person or know what it’s like, dealing with a controlling person? Do you want to know how to handle a controlling person? Are you confused and wondering why are people so controlling? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Patricia Evans has...
The Flash and the Nonexistent Standard DID Med Mix Original screen capture from The Flash television series (The CW). The CW's superhero series The Flash depicts the adventures of Barry Allen, "the Fastest Man Alive," as he faces many other superhumans who also received superpowers from a particle accelerator failure. Most, but not all, of his fellow superhumans (called metahumans in the series) to appear so far have been supervillains. One who has been non-villainous, though still dangerous for the destructive nature of his powers and his difficulty controlling them, is Firestorm the Nuclear Man. The character Ronnie Raymond (played by actor Robbie Amell) is the lead structural engineer for S.T.A.R. Labs' particle accelerator. When the accelerator explodes, Ronnie vanishes. A year later, the show's characters discover that he and another man, Dr. Martin Stein, now share the same body. They look like Ronnie Raymond, but the person doing the thinking is mostly Martin Stein. Ronnie's consciousness intrudes upon Stein's enough to create chaos for the merged man. In the program's 16th episode, the main characters attempt to separate Raymond/Stein back into being two separate people. After coming to S.T.A.R. Labs, he awakens with a clearer head. "It is remarkable," Stein says with Raymond's mouth, "I feel clearer than I have since the accident." Dr. Harrison Wells explains that they gave him a "cocktail of antipsychotics, depressants, mood stabilizers." Stein, learned man that he is, recognizes this as "the same formula they use to treat dissociative identity disorder," the modern term for multiple personality disorder (MPD). No, it's not. (1) Dissociative identity disorder (DID) is not a psychotic disorder. (2) People diagnosed with the disorder often receive antidepressants, not depressants. (3) By the time the description gets to mood stabilizers, it's already a mess. There is no standard medication mix to treat multiple personality, and even if there were, that would not be it. Because the series is science fiction, medical practice in their world may be different from ours, to be sure. However, that world is presented as being essentially the same as our own prior to the recent emergence of metahumans. Their people are still just that - people. When the characters are supposed to be every bit as human as those in the real world, their psychological processes should work the same way. Furthermore, most viewers hearing characters casually toss this description about will not chalk it up to science fiction. If they know nothing about DID treatment, they will get the wrong idea and could think it is "the same formual they use to treat" the condition. If they do know something about DID treatment, they will know this is wrong. If they're among the many skeptics regarding the mere existence of DID, they'll roll their eyes at the whole thing. Topics:  Media Psychopharmacology Identity Personality Personality Change Subtitle:  The CW superhero series speeds into unreal standard for dissociative identity. Blog to Post to:  Beyond Heroes and Villains Teaser Text:  The CW's television series "The Flash" has featured a recurring character called Firestorm the "Nuclear Man" who is two different people merged together into one body. To treat the chaos in this mix of men, scientists give him a mix of medications that is supposedly standard treatment for dissociative identity disorder. No such standard exists. Teaser Image:  Mature Audiences Only:  Images:  Content Topics:  Psychopharmacology Personality Identity Environment Quote
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