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The Diagnosis

>> Monday, January 12, 2009

She had been grappling with this problem from time immemorial, to be precise from the time she was 10 months old. Many treatments had been tried and many doctors consulted, but the ailment persisted. Even eating food was a problem. Her appetite seemed to vanish each time she sat down for a meal...

The problem got her into trouble everywhere she went. In school, she was always discriminated against, even made to stand outside the class for no fault of hers. The teachers overlooked her case; they even had no words of comfort to offer.
She tried very hard to overcome her troubles, but it seemed in vain. Her friends supported her, but she had this feeling a day would come when they would stop doing it too. She would have to fight her battles on her own.

After many years of struggle, there was a diagnosis to her condition. They called it ETD and the cause they presumed was genetic and in her case from the paternal side. This was a first step in her fight against her problem. Complete cure was still a research topic... she just prayed for a miracle......

The diagnosis was Excessive Talking Disorder (ETD).... wish this had been done when I was in school.. would have been spared of kneeling down on corridors!!!
Now I know why I suffer from poor appetite too, I talk more than I eat and by the time I go back to my food, everyone is done with eating and left the table or glaring at me to finish. How can a poor soul eat in such difficult conditions?

Treatment is on …One friend even suggested working in a silent movie to reduce the urge to talk… and he is gonna train me to communicate silently on the telephone too ( I have such caring friends) Any other suggestions are always welcome!!!!!!!!!!

P.S : The ETD researchers have invited me to give a “talk “ on the issues faced by people with ETD … any fellow sufferers know where to contact me … we can talk about it ;)


Swats January 12, 2009 at 4:37 PM  

:D good one

--xh-- January 12, 2009 at 5:28 PM  

if u find a cure, let this fellow sufferer know... :| :)

abhi_digital January 12, 2009 at 6:13 PM  

Seems like the cure is working!!! and u r typing more than talking :)
nice post!!!

mayz January 13, 2009 at 10:14 AM  

one of my vy dear fren suffers from this disease...m tryin to find a cure for if u find one sooner plz lemme also know

Deepti January 13, 2009 at 10:45 AM  

@Swats: Thanks :)

@xh: welcome to the club .. we can talk about our problems and I shall let you know in case a cure is found :D

@Abhi: since you are always around an ETD sufferer u should know :P

@Mayz: Whats your line of research? ;)

Nikhil Narayanan January 13, 2009 at 11:50 AM  

In school, teacachers writing Talkative thhers told me I would put on weight if I talk less.
In the progress report,there was a section which said Character.Teere was what I feared most.

GTalk has made life better.Gtalkative, now I am.
Still,nothing much has changed.

Exams were the unfortunate times when I could not talk for 3 hours in a shot.Felt sick during them.

We should never even try Vipaasana camps.Will be thrown out.


Keshi January 13, 2009 at 11:55 AM  

omg thats so sad...I hete genetic diseases like this. one of my cousins' husband has a genetic heart condition...he's only in his 30s!


Satish Bolla January 13, 2009 at 3:30 PM  

i need the cure, right away. will b glad if u can help me out. n btw, one more cunning narrative from u

mathew January 14, 2009 at 1:31 AM  

this is some serious problem..most men suffer from it when they have more beers than they could manage to do it without that!!;-D

Keshi January 14, 2009 at 10:29 AM  

And one of my mates is a ETD suffere lol! worse than heart disease :(


Nishanth January 14, 2009 at 3:42 PM  

hmmmm...dont give the ETD as an excuse.. you genuinely have stopped eating now....:P

Rajtilak Bhattacharjee January 16, 2009 at 12:50 AM  

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maggi January 16, 2009 at 12:27 PM  

hehe...tht was too gud! hmm seems to b a serious problem! One solution to this ... try being a faculty @ deaf and dumb school ;). I think it wil work!

nice post! :)

Deepti January 18, 2009 at 10:41 AM  

@Nikhil:Vipassana would be such a challenge .. on second thoughts I think I should try it :D But I duno how I put on weight .. despite talking like there is no tomorrow :D

Deepti January 18, 2009 at 10:42 AM  

@Keshi: god You scared me with the genetic disease thing ... and I was so glad to see your second comment :) Yeah its sure worse than hear disease ... No cure n sight and the side effects are mind numbing to say the least ;)

Deepti January 18, 2009 at 10:45 AM  

@Satish: Join the club buddy .. we will talk it out .. err fight it out ;)

@Mathew: Thats also called ETD(B), B standing for beer induced .. but I know people who go completely silent in case of Beer too :D

Deepti January 18, 2009 at 10:46 AM  

@Nishanth: who says I dont eat bro .. just can't hog as much as you do and remain stick thin :D

@Raj tilak: Thanks aton buddy .. will put it up soon for everyone to see :d

@Maggi: Hey welcome here and thanks a lot!!!

thomman January 23, 2009 at 6:10 PM  

Just curious, what've you been talking about? Mind telling me, no one will know. :P