After spending two years in a service mission for LDS family services and seeing a variety of mental health issues, the power of addiction, and the wide variety of temptations and challenges that this life has to "offer", I have chosen to never under estimate the power and ability of the adversary to control and ensnare our lives. In addition to these issues I have seen many physical issues have power over the abilities and capabilities of those suffering from a variety of physical issues. In most cases, these issues are very real whether "in their heads" or in actual physical manifestations.
In both cases these individuals feel some sort of diminished capacity that results in requests on the resources of others in society. In a government and societal paradigm, welfare programs with financial assistance are offered to those who are disabled or are mentally handicapped. Rather than debate the merits or demerits of a welfare system, I would like to pose this question: "To what degree can medical issues be used as excuses to draw on the resources of society?"
New medical conditions seem to surface daily. Some seem to stretch conventional concepts of acceptable medical issues into the realm of excuse for certain behavior or to explain away a lack of productivity. I was once told that there is a condition called Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) . This is apparently a diagnosable condition where an individual exhibits disproportional anger to the situation at hand and is often seen in cases of road rage. This condition is categorized along side compulsive gambling and Kleptomania (or the compulsion to steal). Many are found not culpable for a crime because of certain medical conditions which some consider to be opening the door for a series of excuses. "Sorry your honor, I am not guilty of punching this guys lights out because I have IED." Because some define IED with the word "uncontrollable" this implies that the persons agency has been compromised and is therefore outside of the realm of legal justice.
Who is really disabled, who is really incapable of being productive to then become a drain? We hear stories all the time of people who have overcome their life challenges with great success. There is even a paraplegic speakers bureau that books multiple paraplegic motivational speakers. If a paraplegic can still be productive why can't someone learn to control their IED even if it is under greater efforts? So at what point do medical issues provide an excuse?