reply to post by Skyfloating
Since I am a grad student in psychology who learns, DAILY, how to properly diagnose the truly
mentally ill, let me settle this thread very
I have mentioned this in a preponderance of other threads, but people still live in this fantasy world.
According to the DSM, which is the manual for diagnosing mental disorders...
First, no such diagnosis exists for the term "paranoid schizophrenic"
The term was at one time accepted, but as research invalidated its specificity, it was changed to drop the term paranoid.
In order to meet certain qualifications related to schizophrenia, then religious or political beliefs DO NOT QUALIFY TO MEET THE STANDARDS FOR
A doctor who is halfway worth a snot would never, in a million years, diagnose someone due to political beliefs.
If someone thinks that they have a brain implant, that does not meet the qualifications for schizophrenic...
Because, first, before a doctor should diagnose, they should check to see if one exists.
And low and behold sometimes brain implants do exist.
Ask the soldiers who recently filed suit against the government for being unknowingly implanted.
And just for kicks let's say that they do not have a brain implant, then some other anomaly could be happening in the brain that they interpret as an
That is not "paranoid schizophrenia".
As a matter of fact, they could be having a focal paranoid episode, but it is not a disorder unless other qualifications are met also. Because
experiencing the feeling of paranoia is a rational human emotion.
Before anyone starts spreading patently false pop culture misinformation on the subject of psychology, then I suggest studying both the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Or if someone specifically wishes to expound on the also pop culture term "paranoid schizophrenic" then I suggest looking at the qualifications for
But more specifically the subtype of a schizophrenic named paranoid.
So that would mean that someone is not a paranoid schizophrenic, but a schizophrenic with a paranoid subtype.
Let's look at the description of a schizophrenic with the subtype of paranoia.
link to source
Where delusions and hallucinations are present but thought disorder, disorganized behavior, and affective flattening are absent.
Notice the term hallucinations or delusions.
A hallucination is when someone knows that they are hearing something that is not there.
A delusion is when an individual is hearing something that no one else can validate exists, but the individual believes wholly that it is real.
Now you could use that to validate your premise, but how do YOU know what they are saying is a delusion without direct interaction or observation.
You could equally be as delusional for believing that they are delusional without proof.
There is a reason why it is illegal to diagnose someone without observing them for an extended period of time.
Psychological diagnoses do not rely upon 3rd party observations.
This thread belongs in skunk works.
edit on 4/3/2011 by Josephus23 because: (no reason given)