Bad Taste or Good Medicine?

It must be awful to suffer from a mental illness or to have a close family member with such a condition, not least because they are ‘invisible’ and misunderstood, and I have every sympathy people who are ill in this way. However, one way to increase understanding is through humour which is why I’m surprised that a magazine produced by service users containing a list of ‘Carols for the Mentally Disturbed’ should cause such a fuss. Here’s the list — what do you think?

  1. Schizophrenia – Do You Hear What I Hear?
  2. Multiple Personality Disorder – We Three Kings Disoriented Are.
  3. Dementia – I Think I’ll be Home For Christmas.
  4. Narcissistic – Hark The Herald Angels Sing About Me.
  5. Manic – Deck The Halls And Walls And House And Lawn And Stores And Office And Town And Cars And Buses And Trucks And Trees And…
  6. Paranoid – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town To Get Me.
  7. Borderline Personality Disorder – Thoughts Of Roasting On An Open Fire.
  8. Personality Disorder – You Better Watch Out, I’m Gonna Cry, I’m Gonna Pout, Maybe I’ll Tell You Why.
  9. Attention Deficit Disorder – Silent Night, Holy Oooh Look At The Froggy, Can I Have A Chocolate, Why Is France So Far Away.
  10. Obessive Complusive Disorder – Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells…

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

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  • Son of Groucho 22nd December 2007

    Great list. As someone who deals with people with mental illnesses all the time, I agree with what you say about them. However, gently “mocking the afflicted” does no harm and may even give sufferers a sense of perspective regarding their illness.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

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