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social disease

n.
1. A sexually transmitted disease.
2. A disease having its highest incidence among socioeconomic groups predisposed to it by a given set of adverse living or working conditions.

'social disease'

A euphemism for a sexually-transmitted disease, see there.

Patient discussion about social disease

Q. Was this true Asperger's syndrome, or a social anxiety disorder? I've been told multiple times by multiple people (though none of them doctors) that I probably have Ausperger's syndrome, or at least suffered from it through most of my childhood. I have struggled socially a GREAT deal, and have overcome many things, though I still am socially awkward and easily confused in social situations. Conversely, I am a secretary and receptionist by trade, and seem to have most people 'fooled' when I have medication for my diagnosed medical condition. Was this true Asperger's syndrome, or a social anxiety disorder?

A. Well, I like to share my experience from which you find an answer. My 19 year old brother has AS, and I would not say he is at all retarded, although once people get to know him they assume that he is. His intellectual/IQ level isn't any lower than the "normal", but he definitely struggles socially, always has, always will. Hell, so do I... and I wouldn't be surprised if I have a touch of AS myself. Anyhow he is able to work, pay bills, follow commitments through, etc., He's actually very responsible…can't say that for many "normal" folk. His main quirk is that he really fixates on things...for example if his favorite TV show is "Lost", he'll talk about it and run it into the ground until he makes you absolutely hate it from overkill. Other than that he's not much different from the rest of us.

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The current situation would produce more social diseases, notably corruption," he added.
One of Europe's most devastating social diseases never went away.
And two, have our scientists got nothing better to do with their time and their (very expensive) education than piddle about inventing silly, social diseases.
If we are going with Mary Magdalene to the tomb this Easter morning, this time it is for us, like her, to say our truths to power, to heal those crippled by the system, to cure the lepers of their social diseases, to raise women from the deadening effects of sexism in both church and state, and to call the apostles to do the same.
First, anorexia and other eating disorders are not necessarily individual disorders but social diseases.
Hallam, "The Reduction of Vice in Certain Western Cities Through Law-Enforcement," Social Diseases (April 1912) reprinted in The Social Evil in Syracuse, 113; McMurdy, "The Use of the Injunction to Destroy Commercialized Prostitution," 516.
They believed in a mahdi who would return to spread justice and cure the earth of its social diseases.