The BRCA genes are not the bad guys, after all. The news may be a shocker to women who opted for a prophylactic mastectomy, or oophorectomy, otherwise known as futile mutilation of vital body parts for the sake of an evil-sounding acronym.
We feel most attached to this thing called life when it’s about to be taken away, robbed, cheated, or destroyed. Then we try to cling to it, at whatever cost, in whatever manner, even if it means reconstructing the damn thing from scratch.
The number of mental disorders has almost tripled in the last 65 years from 106 to 297. Under the present DSM classification, 46.4 percent of Americans will develop a diagnosable mental illness in their lifetime.