Written by Sal Manella

Monday, 4 June 2007

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Psychotherapy Pioneer Sigmund Freud

A spokesperson from the World Psychological Association announced yesterday that a new mental disorder will be added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, which is the guidebook clinicians use in assigning mental illness diagnoses.

Identified as Motivational Deficit Disorder, or MDD, the condition is characterized by a pervasive lack of motivation and a sense of purposelessness in life. WPA president Felix Jungerfreud, Ph.D., said that the disorder is a tremendous problem in the world today, especially in affluent nations, where people have more leisure time. "They used to call it plain old laziness", said Dr. JungerFreud, "but it is a real disease and it needs to be treated."

Sal Manella

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