“Maybe not,” my family members say, “but it may be causing somedistress to your family.”Well, yes, I can see how that would be likely, especially if one's familyincludes teenagers, middle aged men or other persistently irritablepersons.“I call it joyfulness,” I was telling my 13 year old daughter one day whiledriving her to school.“Mom, you're just manic,” she said.“Hmmmm,” I said, “Manic Joy. I like that. Sounds like a name. I think I'llhave another baby in my old age and name her Manic Joy.”“Then I would have to take custody of her,” my daughter said, “andchange her name.”“Well, I suppose you would,” I said. “I'm sure a name like that wouldhave to be considered some kind of child abuse.” Then I added, “Of course I was NOT the one who named the cat Anorexia, though.”I'm pretty sure the long term side effects of a career in mental healthhave not been thoroughly studied yet. But what if one's mind isobsessed with pondering such deep questions as: Is self-diagnosis anethical violation, and Is wearing matching socks a symptom of OCD, andWhy bother with a baby name book when one can name the kids andpets straight from the DSM IV? Well, that just can't be good, right?