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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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He enlisted departmental hygiene directors to enact legislative measures and create grass root organisations which could, "gather the resources and start this most important campaign against such a terrible social disease.
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.
If sociologists are not doctors to cure social diseases, nor are they judges who are always correct but always too late, and since there are increasingly so many newly-emerged social and global problems, collectively research proposals are needed.
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.
6) Indebted to the Enlightenment ideal that science equals progress, the authors of Safe Counsel intended to shine the light of science on the dark corners of sexual ignorance to stop the spread of social diseases.
Retail therapy, some quip with nervous wink and guilty giggle, as though coining a new phrase instead of adding another casualty to life's roll call of social diseases.
It is a close knit, disadvantaged community which, like so many others, has been ravaged by the twin social diseases of the 1990s - unemployment and drugs.
The social diseases of racism, poverty, drug addiction and crime, never fully addressed, were allowed to fester and grow while we devoted our energies, lives and resources to containing communism.