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June 6, 2008

Scholasticus terminus

Filed under: Parenthood — momwithastethoscope @ 6:26 pm

I am borrowing KC’s epidemiologic outline for this newly described psychiatric condition:

Scholasticus terminus

Clinical manifestations:  Scholasticus terminus is a common disorder characterized by giddiness, peals of laughter, outbursts of giggling, uncontrollable activity including dancing, water play.  Affected patients are fatigue resistant until 11 pm, and can be difficult to arouse prior to 10 am. 

Etiology:  The cause is early dismissal from the last day of the school year.

Epidemiology:  Effects primarily children from 5 to 18 years of age in the late spring and early summer.  Can also affect those employed in schools, pre-schools, colleges and universities.  Spring Fever is a distantly related illness.  Parents suffer from scholasticus terminus anxiety disorder sometimes as a result of their children’s manifestations of Scholasticus terminus.

Diagnosis: Based on historical information only.  Noise level of the effected patient, level of activity, time of year can be helpful in making the diagnosis.   Ear to ear grin is common.

Treatment:  Enrollment in summer camp, vacations to the beach, mountains, relatives (although less effective) for 8 – 12 weeks prior to the onset of boredom officialis in the late summer.

Isolation:  Please, no. 


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