Description and type: inability to stay on topic. Digressive/repressive or digressive/rebellious disorder.

Symptoms and signs: transgresses bounds of topical relevance, crosses disciplinary boundaries, makes inappropriate connections. Inadequate powers of concentration and application combined with excess vivacity.

Etiology: mental laziness, uncorrected by early pedagogical discipline; in extreme cases combined with basic rebelliousness that presents as passive aggression.

Treatment: directalis.

Prognosis: generally good. Digressive/repressive students respond well to mild doses of directalis, and while with proper medication they will never set the academic or working world on fire, they make admirable plodders in the B and C ranges and middle management. Digressive/rebellious students are more difficult to treat, but with heavy dosages of directalis they make competent reporters, advertisers, and Hallmark greeting-card poets.

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Copyright 1992 Bill Kaul and Doug Robinson