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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Uh, August (drool) 



"...approximately 5% of winterover personnel experience symptoms that fulfill DSM criteria (American Psychiatric Association, 1994) for a psychiatric disorder and are severe enough to warrant clinical intervention (Palinkas et al., 1995; Palinkas, Glogower, et al, in press). . . . Even among those who fail to meet DSM diagnostic criteria, The Ice tends to magnify seemingly trivial events and symptoms, transforming what would be viewed as mundane or unimportant in any other environment into something that is problematic and significant under conditions of isolation and confinement."

from On the Ice: Individual and Group Adaptation in Antarctica by Dr. Lawrence Palinkas (originator of the T3 study: Antarctica's Number One Source for Little Blue Pills and Shiny Red Lights!)

190 x 5% = 9.5 nutjobs at McMurdo!
75 x 5% = 3.75 control freaks at Pole!

Celebrate August with a slow (or rapid!) descent into self-perpetuating madness!

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