Thursday, 13 March 2008

Depressed man diagnosed as 'British'

(Ed: Given the current 'debate' about Britishness, this is both funny and apposite.)

George Farthing, an expatriate British man living in America, who was recently diagnosed as clinically depressed, was dosed up on anti-depressants and scheduled for controversial electro-shock therapy when doctors realised he wasn’t depressed at all – only British.

Mr Farthing, a British man whose characteristic pessimism and gloomy perspective were interpreted as serious clinical depression, was led on a nightmare journey through the American psychiatric system.

Doctors described Farthing as suffering with Pervasive Negative Anticipation–a belief that everything will turn out for the worst, whether it’s trains arriving late, England’s chances at winning any international sports event or even his own prospects to get ahead in life and achieve his dreams.

“The satisfaction Mr Farthing seemed to get from his pessimism seemed particularly pathological,” reported the doctors. Read moreNo comments will be posted without a full name and location, see the policy.


  1. Thanks for the laugh. The fact that I was amused confirms that I am "Non-British."

  2. That is the funniest and most rewarding thing I have read for a while. My google search was 'depressed vicar' just hoping to get some solace! and this has, I think, given me the prod I need. Oh we brits are just great. Love us!
    Oh and the fact that I am amused confirms that I am Very British. Not only are we gloomy our best laughs are at ourselves!

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