Depressed Man diagnosed as Scottish

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  1. hup-two-three

    hup-two-three Old-Salt

    Think this is urban legend but I sure recognised a couple of jocks I recall.

    Here's the full version.

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    Depressed Man Diagnosed as 'Scottish'
    A 'true' story from a US newspaper...
    Alistair McGregor, an expatriate Scottish man living in America, was recently diagnosed as clinically depressed, tanked up on anti-depressants and scheduled for controversial Shock Therapy when doctors realized he wasn't depressed at all... only Scottish.

    Mr. McGregor, a Scottish man whose characteristic pessimism and gloomy perspective were interpreted as serious clinical depression, was led on a nightmare journey through the American psychiatric system.

    Doctors described McGregor as suffering from Pervasive Negative Anticipation - a belief that everything will turn out for the worst, whether it's trains arriving late, Scotland's chances at winning any international sports event or even his own prospects to get ahead in life and achieve his dreams.

    "The satisfaction Mr. McGregor seemed to get from his pessimism seemed particularly pathological," reported the doctors.

    "They put me on everything - Lithium, Prozac, St John's Wort, Ginseng", said Mr. McGregor. "They even told me to sit in front of a big light for an hour a day or I'd become suicidal. I kept telling them this was all pointless and they said it was exactly that sort of attitude which got me here in the first place."

    Running out of ideas, his doctors finally resorted to a course of "weapons grade MDMA", the only noticeable effect of which was six hours of speedy repetitions of the phrases "mustn't grumble" and "not too bad, really."

    Mr. McGregor had six months of therapy but seemed to mainly want to talk about the weather - how miserable and cold it was in winter and later how difficult and wet it was in summer. The doctors felt he wasn't responding to therapy at all and so recommended drastic action - namely ECT or shock treatment.

    "I was all strapped down on the table and they were about to put the rubber bit in my mouth when the psychiatric nurse picked up on my accent," said Mr. McGregor. "I remember her saying 'Oh my God, I think we're making a terrible mistake'." Nurse Alice Sheen was a big fan of Scottish comedy giving her an understanding of the Scottish psyche. "Classic comedy characters like Chick Murray, Will Fife and The Crankies, all hopeless cases with no chance of ever doing well or escaping their circumstances," she explained to the baffled US medics. "In Scotland, being depressed to the point of suicidal is considered the norm and is not seen as pathological at all." Identifying Mr. McGregor as Scottish changed his diagnosis from 'clinical depression' to 'rather quaint and charming' and he was immediately discharged from hospital, with a selection of brightly colored leaflets and an "I love New York" T-shirt.
  2. Diagnosis should have been 'dour Scot'
  3. Bravo_Bravo

    Bravo_Bravo On ROPS On ROPs

    there is no other kind, bar maybe "pissed up stroppy Scot" or, at a pinch, "Actuary".
  4. Sleeper_service

    Sleeper_service War Hero

    This also rings true for Yorkshiremen, miserable sods! :wink:
  5. Cuddles

    Cuddles LE

    Away and bile yer heids and make daft soup...I'm reporting you to the Inter Services Joint Task force on Ethnic Prejudice, there will be P45s before bed time, really there will...

    Siobhan, I'm away to get the claymore out the thatch....turn my prage doon the noo...
  6. inbredyokel666

    inbredyokel666 Old-Salt

    Bo!!ocks to the lot o' nancy wooly back English Englishmen!...richt were's ma proziac?
  7. Eh by Gum what a luvly start ta the day.
  8. Go and get it you skirt wearing puff.

    I have a rather interesting AP cannon that I picked up at Colluden :D
  9.'s a' pish
  10. gaphot

    gaphot Crow

    8O are you telling me that the Scots are sad. Its only because we have to work with the English army.
  11. Cuddles

    Cuddles LE

    I have a sporran that is made from the foreskins of the crew of an AP cannon found at Culloden (even)...its quite handy because if you rub it fiercely it turns into an AWOL bag...