This Week in Milford

March 13, 2015

Is there a pill for being mono-focused?

Filed under: Gil Thorp — Tags: , , — robmize2013 @ 5:09 pm

Well its 1 and done for mister Howry as Leisl determines he needs to broaden himself to play in her league. I suppose she’s right; he is nice enough to donate pills to Max’s cause for improving his hoop skills, and he’s a basketball savant. But that wont win a girls heart like a down-to-earth personality and better conversation skills. Sorry Charlie (or Bobby). Maybe one of the players can help him; Gil is too busy renovating his bar area.


  1. I will give Whigrub points for their grasp of ADHD, but I have to wonder if they may have mixed in a touch of Asperger’s or “Autism Spectrum Disorder” in Bobby’s case. His one-dimensional self-presentation does sound like the latter (there is disagreement among clinicians over the question of whether Asperger’s Syndrome is a separate condition or a mild degree of autism.)

    Comment by vaganova — March 13, 2015 @ 7:33 pm

  2. He swings, he misses… he loses his grip on the bat and some poor sod in the third row just caught it in the face.
    Baseball season can’t get here fast enough.

    Comment by FoolyRain — March 13, 2015 @ 11:45 pm

  3. You know who else is mono-focused? Neal Rubin. Max Bacon and (especially) Leisl exist in this arc only to highlight aspects of Bobby’s character. Max was a cypher until Bobby told him he needed to develop his #brand (“drugs… must… have… drugs”) and we know nothing of Leisl beyond her ethnicity and lack of interest in Bobby. Heck, at least we got character development for True and Jared (maybe even a little for Art) in the last arc.

    Comment by teenchy — March 14, 2015 @ 5:50 am

  4. I have worked in science for over 50 years. I read many scientific papers and reports. I have yet to read one where there is NO recommendation for further research. Thus vaganova there is an ever expanding “Autism Spectrum”, and just about anybody who takes the test will conclude he/she is on there somewhere. No wonder there is disagreement among clinicians where Asperger’s fits their tidy definitions. Scientists in all fields have disagreements over minutiae. It’s called “hardening of the categories”… a fancy academic term for nit picking or BS…

    Comment by Rowdyman — March 14, 2015 @ 8:05 am

  5. Rowdyman, though I have a psych background I am in arts rather than science, but have to agree with your assessment about the present controversy over autism. Sometimes I think it comes down to setting up the categories before we understand the data enough to do so. And thank you for pointing out that no real scientist ever says that further investigation is undesirable. The point I wanted to make– which I undermined myself– is that Whigrub appears to be confusing ADHD with the various degrees of autism. Monomania– which Bobby leans toward– is not consistent with ADHD. Either that or else Adderall is phenomenally effective in promoting “focus.”

    Comment by vaganova — March 14, 2015 @ 5:29 pm

  6. vaganova–remember, we are not sure that Max is getting Adderall…. “a beautiful mind” is my idea of what ‘they’ call Asperger… or am I missing something…

    Comment by Rowdyman — March 14, 2015 @ 5:36 pm

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