Satire: Post Dramatic Stress Disorder Hits Academe

from The Cronk of Higher Education

Employee Assistance Programs from across the country have been inundated with requests for psychological intervention on almost every college campus in order to help faculty and staff members dealing with the effects of Post Dramatic Stress Disorder.

PDSD is an ever-growing phenomenon now under study for consideration in the next edition of theDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

“Overly dramatic types tend to post their feelings on social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter, then stress the importance of their ‘friend’ responses,” said New Media Sociologist Bruce Gunsler. “The dramatic posts are of little importance to the typist. It’s the unpredictability of the responses that causes mental breaks.”

“Ironically, both an absence of responses and a plethora of responses yield mental instability,” said Technosocial Psychologist Wendy Singer. “New cases emerge every hour, but always the same pattern.”

A classic case involved Judy X, an administrator from a large northeastern university.

Said Singer, “Judy frequently used Facebook to post updates such as ‘Women shouldn’t be judged for their body types. I love me just the way I am’ and ‘I talked to a student today who cried because I was honest with her about her attention seeking. Grow up, students!’”

In Judy’s case, she averaged 17 “friend” responses to each post – a relatively high number compared to the norm group.

“Still, the drama continued in both volume and intensity,” said Singer. “Judy seemed perfectly normal in person, but her real friends worried about her stability until her supervisor was forced to mandate EAP intervention.

“While intervention is positive, we are now faced with another looming problem,” said Gunsler. “Many professionals have relied on PDSD sufferers for their primary source of entertainment – and possibly as an identity-measuring instrument. In the absence of a pal with the disorder, many social media users find that they lack an appropriate barometer to measure their own superiority.”

Short URL:

Leave a Reply

Keep in Touch With AdjunctNation

Graphic Graphic Graphic


Want to see your advertisement on Click here.


Want to see your advertisement on Click here.



From the Archive

  • Syllabus-writing as Storytelling

    Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega Earlier this week, I realized that we had passed the mid-semester mark (our semester is uncharacteristically long, 16 weeks of class instead of the traditional 13 that I used to teach in Canada). I thus added a couple of extra slides to my PowerPoint presentation recapping our progress to date and how […]

  • A Review of: The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing

    A review by Jerry A. Coyne Richard Dawkins’s new collection of delectable prose, The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing, is less an anthology of set pieces than a treasury: a series of short titbits designed to pique the reader’s appetite, helping him to decide which science writers to investigate more deeply. It enables you […]

  • The Woe-Is-Us Books

      By Stanley Fish Last week, as I was preparing a presentation for still another conference on the fate of the liberal arts in our time, two things happened. The first was that I read or re-read a bunch of recent books (mostly short and punchy) on the subject — “Crisis On Campus” (Mark C. […]

  • Promoting Collaborative Learning in The Online Environment: How Can Faculty Overcome Challenges?

    By Nancy A. Walker, Ph.D. How do adult students benefit from a collaborative learning environment? As an online facilitator/faculty member, we are to foster and support collaboration between students. Needless to say, there are always challenges to this collaborative journey due to the online learning/teaching format.  How can we lessen these and have a smoother […]

  • Reviewing the Situation

    I walk my kids to school on Monday mornings. They chatter away about whatever their latest interests are, and I listen. Walking them means I get started with work a little later than usual. Generally, I am in my office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., pretty standard hours. However, it takes […]


Want to see your advertisement on Click here.


Want to see your advertisement on Click here.

Recently Commented

  • Scott: I believe Sami is correct in that this no reasonable assurance language will allow adjuncts continuing access...
  • Nancy West-Diangelo: It’s as if we’ve lost the ability to listen critically. If the point of the work we...
  • Freddi-Jo Bruschke: An excellent description of this editorial.
  • Julia Holcomb: Tolerance certainly doesn’t mean you get to say things you cannot prove, about things that ought...
  • Michele Spino Martindill: White supremacy has had hundreds of years to dominate campus environments and doesn’t...