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  •  no such thing as 'former' alky (6+ / 0-)

    if you are one, you are one. and bush is one. what's more, he never sought psychological help for his problems, so the root causes are still there. he replaced his obsession with drink with an obsession over religion. but his demons are still there. he's what's called a "dry alky." he's disturbed. ill.

    •  Frightening to think he's become more isolated (2+ / 0-)
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      by MNbluestater on Thu Mar 16, 2006 at 04:39:43 PM PST

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    •  FAS??? (5+ / 0-)

      As an educator I have worked with several children who were victims of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). They have a certain look in their eyes, like the world just isn't quite fitting together in a way that makes sense to them. King George the Turd has that same look. I have to wonder if Barbara, during her pregnancy, was numbing her allegedly beautiful mind with straight shots of Jack Daniels or something such. It would explain a lot!

      "Fear is a preparation for failure." Robert Fripp

      by OneBob54 on Thu Mar 16, 2006 at 05:12:23 PM PST

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      •  FAS (1+ / 0-)
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        I am a teacher too, and while His Residency exhibits none of the gross physical symptoms] but he definitely shows some startling symptoms in his [behaviour.

        The most serious characteristics of FASD are the invisible symptoms of neurological damage from prenatal exposure to alcohol. These symptoms persist into adulthood and include the following:

        Attention deficits
        Memory deficits
        Difficulty with abstract concepts
        Inability to manage money
        Poor problem solving skills
        Difficulty learning from consequences
        Immature social behavior
        Inappropriately friendly to strangers
        Lack of control over emotions
        Poor impulse control
        Poor judgment

        These symptoms are not just "behavior problems" but are "soft signs" - symptoms of permanent, unchanging damage to the brain (static encephalopathy) and are not within the child's control. Although psychological factors such as abuse and neglect can add to the intensity of the problems, the behaviors should be viewed first and foremost as a result of brain damage from alcohol.
        Adults with FASD have difficulty maintaining successful independence. They have trouble staying in school, keeping jobs, or sustaining healthy relationships. They require long-term support and some degree of supervision in order to succeed.

        (...Is there any better cossitted and insulated support than that of a spoiled rich kid?)

        Without appropriate support services, these individuals have a high risk of developing secondary disabilities such as mental health issues, getting into trouble with the law, abusing alcohol and other drugs, and unwanted pregnancies.

        As this site also notes, gross physical symptoms are not always present and depend on when, and for how long, the fetus was exposed to alcohol.


        "Strange and beautiful are the stars tonight / That dance around your head"

        by deepfish on Fri Mar 17, 2006 at 03:49:50 AM PST

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