What happens when you’re hot and nuts? Behold the godawful story of Nia, the 17-year-old paranoid schizophrenic who is “too beautiful to be in a psychiatric ward.” It goes a little something like this:
Nobody in the hospital has ever seen such a gorgeous patient. Hardened psych nurses are fascinated by her hotness. Fellow inmates lure her into the sack. Dudely doctors tremble before her exquisiteness. They give her a drug. It starts to work.
But then “tragedy” strikes. The drug that works also makes her fat. This a horror the doctors find intolerable. Her beauty is “destroyed.” So they take her off that drug because in a patriarchy a hot girl cannot be fat. So Nia immediately goes nuts again because the new drug, though it does not make her fat, also doesn’t work. She is nuts again, but at least she’s still a babe. Whew. That was close.
But she is so nuts that, after a month of hell, doctors reluctantly put her back on the fat drug. The crazy part is that Nia doesn’t give a crap about being fat. She’s happy as a clam to get rid of the voices. Yet the doctors assume that, because she isn’t crying herself to sleep every night over her lost beauty, she isn’t really getting well at all. Any 17-year-old in her right mind would be bulimic and wanna slice herself up with razors under these circumstances, right?
Seriously, the doctors–and these are psychiatrists–can’t decide which is better: to be hot and nuts or fat and sane.
Dude, if you ever decide to go crazy, it better be from an overdose of ugly pills.
[Thanks, g, via Mind Hacks]