So I still want the name of this disorder to change. One reason I haven’t elucidated yet is that a new name for this disorder shouldn’t be formative of an associated identity. I have fallen into the trap, especially through use of this forum, of developing something of an identity around having this disorder. The paranoid side of me thinks the current name for this disorder is meant for identity creation, so the afflicted people have to carry that weight, plus the prescribed weight of medication in their system, for the rest of their lives. In contrast a new name, combined with new treatments that minimize effect of this disorder, could allow a person to live a life minimally affected by the disease.
What kinds of names would be less formative of identity? Take for instance a name like, Dopamine Dysregulation Disorder. This name is not a good name for people, but it is a good name for a disease. There are other possible names, but I’ll leave it there, satisfied that my point has been made.
So what do you think, have an identity based on the disorder or not?
- yes, an identity
- no, no identity