July 16, 2016

"Facial expression of someone with chronic anxiety."



From "Anxiety disorder" at Wikipedia.

I was looking up anxiety disorder to try to get some insight into those "Citizen Therapists" who were diagnosing something they called "Trumpism."

That image — depicting an individual psychiatric patient — was made by Alexander Morison in 1843. It's nicely done, I think, artistically and, I'm only guessing, as evidence of how a person with chronic anxiety looks. I'm quite struck by it because feel that I have often seen this look.

23 comments:

Michael K said...

On Hillary.

Not the first time she has been depressed.

shiloh said...

Althouse it's good that you're doing the "research" so others don't have to.

mccullough said...

That should be the image on the $20 bill

David Begley said...

McCullough

Andrew Jackson contemplating a Hillary presidency.

traditionalguy said...

That is the moment before picture to a smiling happy person who has accepted Jesus as Lord after picture. That difference is why it's called being born again.

Or you can use pharmacy anti depressants with an opioids chaser and tell it all to therapists.

traditionalguy said...

Jackson had an excuse. The second half of his life, he suffered from lead poisoning and low grade infections from bullets never removed.

But he never quit fighting our enemies.

mockturtle said...

She appears to have suffered from Pointy Chin Syndrome.

Sebastian said...

"Or you can use pharmacy anti depressants with an opioids chaser and tell it all to therapists" -- who will make you happy exorcising the Trump demon and make you smile after accepting Hillary as President.

Unknown said...

You are a law professor so I'm sure you have seen it in students from time to time.

John said...

Trumpism, I never considered it a psychiatric illness. It seems more so a societal illness.

Michael K said...

John "Profile Not Available"

How well do they pay, John ?

buwaya puti said...

Which brings up the matter of exorcisms.
This is a very underused therapy I think, for a vastly underdiagnosed condition.

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Laslo Spatula said...

I posted this in a previous item, but actually could have posted it in this post: That would only solidify his despair, so I suffer the spiders in silence...

I am Laslo.

mockturtle said...

Powerful, Laslo.

Coconuss Network said...

Annie Leibovitz was on a CNN Interview today and she kinda resembles the sketch and she seems to be one of the more normal of artists in my lifetime. I think aging more so than disorders is a reason for such a look. Yet maybe anxiety is a common ailment in older age. A seemingly divergent parallel.

eddie willers said...

Christopher Walken's granddaddy?

Hagar said...

Dave Begley wins the thread!

Laslo Spatula said...

Munch's "The Scream", after coming to terms with Everything is Useless.

I am Laslo.

walter said...

Wow..tradguy spun that into a born again bit. Impressive.
I'm not sure how he would handle the notion of "meeelions" of folks who have had generations of contented human experience without Christ, anti-psychotic drugs..or Trump idolization.

anxious...

James Pawlak said...

I have also often seen this---In a mirror.

Leigh Fellner said...

I've had GAD my entire life, only treated since 2011, and I don't recall ever having that despairing expression.

I thought I was fine. Except for the heart palpitations, and insomnia, and startling awake once I did fall asleep, and having to go back and check the stove and door locks and gates 20 times, and having this knot in my back.

Rusty said...

I'm quite struck by it because feel that I have often seen this look.

Staring back at you from the row upon row of students around finals time.