Friday, May 15, 2009

The ugly duckling syndrome

"The Ugly Duckling" tells the story of a cygnet ostracized by his fellow barnyard fowl because of his perceived homeliness. To his delight (and to the surprise of others), he matures into a graceful swan, the most beautiful bird of all. With "Thumbelina" and other tales, "The Ugly Duckling" demonstrates Andersen's identification with, and his sympathies for, the 'outsider' searching for his or her place in society.

this is in particularly true to those who get affected due a genetic cause[downs,albinos] like one patient who had this rare skin disorder[called xeroderma pigmentosa] coz of which her skin texture was completely lost and was discarded by her own father[due to nonacceptance] and hence come to our department for psychiatric evaluation.
p.s
- but the truth is its her father who needed this and unfortunately no one here[in govn hosp] has the time and patience to do that.

5 comments:

Vani said...

I once came across a boy with xeroderma pigmentosa. He had kinda prematurely aged skin nd blood-shot eyes..He was only 12 then.

Well nyway dis is a genetic disease..so dat girl cant do nything abt it..
U r too right to say dat its her father who needs psychiatric evaluation.

Pavi!!!! said...

I just checked out abt the disease u've mentioned...never knew abt it...I hope the child doesnt sufffer too much...n god gives her the strength to handle all that she has to!
Gosh..Good health is SOOOOOOOOOOOO important!

I cant blv such parents or for that matter humans exist...really they are an insult to the term humanity!

Vyazz said...

Its a pity that in India there is so much stigma attached to looks. Its awful how such narrow minded parents treat their afflicted children this way!!!...Ur right bout the father needing psychiatric evaluation!!!

Ghost Particle said...

always the stigma in developing countries, it happens here too. its up to the new generation of doctors to take this as a cause to correct things.

hope she is will be ok to face an equally turbulent world out there.

Satish Bolla said...

u r right 100% abt her dad