She gets a little edgy when it takes her 45 minutes to drive to the mall which is only 8 miles away. She parks about as far from the entrance as one can get after circling the garage 3 or 4 times. The store is out of the item she is looking for and the saleswoman is rude and patronizing. She returns home and takes it out on the first family member she encounters. Blame it on H.S.S. – Holiday Stress Syndrome. (there is a pre and post H.S.S., by the way)
In Wisconsin, she would get a bit irritated and jumpy after months of sunless, grey skies and house-bound children, a car that took forever to warm up, piles of soggy clothes ruining the hardwood floors, missing hats and mittens and snow up to the eyeballs. When she ran after her mouth-y, middle-child with a hairbrush, intending to use it as a weapon, she realized she needed help. A trusted friend encouraged her. ”It’s just S.A.D.,” she said. – Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Sometimes she starts a project, never to finish it. She’s been known to begin a story, head it off in another direction, and end up not knowing what she was originally going to say. Perhaps she has A.D.D.- Attention Deficit Disorder.
She couldn’t stop crying and was wildly overwhelmed after 10 days of little to no sleep. The bundle of joy she brought home from the hospital wailed constantly, wanted to nurse every two hours, hung on tight to her sore nipples and sucked for at least 45 minutes. (you do the math). ”Perfectly normal,” her friend said, “P.P.D.” – Postpartum Depression.
She bravely suffered through other typical hormonal behavioral conditions, counting on the day of the month or the increasing number of years to explain and label her outbursts. Was it -P.M.S., pre-post or menopausal?
She is a gracious southern woman, taught from birth that you “get more with sugar than with lemons.” She exercises self-control and always chirps a pleasant, “good to see you,” at parties, soon to be followed by, ”bless your heart.” Today, however, she spoke in anger and stormed out of the room slamming the door. This time she doesn’t question her condition. She knows that she suffers from a bad case of J.P.M.S. – Just Plain Mad, Stupid!