Did Acadians commonly suffer from what we now call
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
after the Grand Derangement?
Geoffroi Benoit the only one with documented mental illness
after the deportation??
Some time ago I wrote about Godefroy/Geoffroi/Godfroi Benoit and Madeleine Babin in a post. Now I have some new information and new thoughts about this couple. Some readers of this blog know I have an interest in medical and nursing diagnoses and am a practicing nurse practitioner in NYC. I haven't grappled with mental illnesses in this blog although I have posted about hypothyroidism, cholera, tuberculosis, smallpox, nicotine addiction. Although there seems to be a strong vein of psychological issues in my family, I just haven't thought about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Many men and women of WW2, including my father Arthur, had profound repercussions from PTSD . So I am charting a new course when I write about PTSD.
idiot [id-ee-uh t] noun
1. Informal. an utterly foolish or senseless person: If you think you can wear that outfit to a job interview and get hired,you're an idiot!
2. Psychology. (no longer in technical use; considered offensive) a personof the lowest order in a former and discarded classification of mental retardation, having a mental age of less than three years old and an intelligence quotient under 25.
1. fool, half-wit; imbecile; dolt, dunce, numskull.
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To understand what "idiot" meant in the 18th century, I found this definition online at A Guide to Eighteenth-Century English Vocabulary Jack Lynch 14 April 2006:
Idiot didn’t always have the same insulting tones it has today. An idiot was someone with impaired mental ability (Johnson’s definition is“A fool; a natural; a changeling; one without the powers of reason”). The word could be used in a value-neutral sort of way: when Swift willed money “for building and maintaining an hospital for idiots and lunatics,” he wasn’t being insulting.
Again from Dictionary.com we find in today's usage it means insanity, disorder, disarrangement or the act of deranging. In medicine it is also used for mental disorder or insanity
I am also working on expanding this family on WIKITREE
Here's my line to Geoffroi and his ancestors:
Below is a recap of the stories written about Acadians in this blog so far. This list includes some early posts that may not have been well researched but I am reviewing them for accuracy and hope they will "make the cut"!
Remembering Acadian Ancestors
New Acadia, St-Jacques-de-l'Achigan, Quebec
Images of St-Jacques-de-l'Achigan
Petite l'Acadie in St Jean
Teaching Children about Acadian Ancestors
On the Way to Acadian World Congress 2014
We are the same...
"almost an idiot"
Lord Family of St Jacques de l'Achigan