Family Therapy as an Alternative to Medication: An Appraisal of Pharmland

By Phoebe S. Prosky; David V. Keith | Go to book overview

Chapter 17

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Revisited

Fred Ford, MD

“Tell us a story!” said the March Hare. “Yes, please do!” pleaded Alice. “And be quick about it, ” added the Hatter…”

Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Once upon a time there was a little girl named Goldilocks who lived in a big house by the woods. She was in the habit of taking exploratory walks in the woods but would go only as far as the light lasted. One day she decided to go beyond her usual limit and see what more was there. As she went deeper into the woods, she came across a well-lit clearing with a neat brown house in the center of it. Being something of an extrovert, as people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder appear to be, she went right up and knocked on the door. The door swung open. She stepped inside the house. No one was there; the family had gone to town to pick up their medications at the pharmacy. She quickly discerned there was a pot of soup cooking on the stove. Naturally, what was a girl to do but taste the soup? As luck would have it, there were three bowls sitting on the counter. One bowl was very large, another was smaller, and the third was almost tiny. She took the tiny bowl and put a taste of soup in it. It was very good . She decided to have some more. She filled the middle-sized bowl and quickly swallowed it down. Then she filled the largest bowl and ate almost all of it. When she was finished, she yawned and felt sleepy. Looking around, she saw three chairs: one very large chair, one smaller chair, and one very small chair. She tried the biggest chair; it was too big. Then she tried the

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