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To Health (laBriut!);

while I agree with you about jthe idea of being open about disease and syndromes on a wholesale level (in principal) I think that as far as retail goes (individual cases) we cannot necessarily apply something in every case. We have to take into account the individual’s own needs, and if this will make family matters significantly worse for them, they should not be expected to just do it for the overall good of educating the community.

And unfortunately, in the hareidi community, neurological/psychiatric disorders do affect the chances of the patient’s ability to marry as they would like, as well as that of their siblings. However, given the community’s resistance to “modern” ideas, it is unlikely that such feelings will disappear soon, and any individual family might well feel that educating the community is not worth hurting their childrens’ chances for a shidduch.