reply to post by DerepentLEstranger
That's nice and all, but no, it's not a black man's disease. I work in a psychiatric hospital and we do not have an abundance of black male
schizophrenic patients. Here is the DSM V criteria. Show me where I missed it saying black. Show me how these criteria can be twisted to make it a
black man's disease.
A. Characteristic symptoms: Two (or more) of the following, each present for a significant portion of time during a 1-month period (or less if
successfully treated). At least one of these should include 1-3
3. Disorganized speech
4. Grossly abnormal psychomotor behavior, such as catatonia
5. Negative symptoms, i.e., restricted affect or avolition/asociality
B. Social/occupational dysfunction: For a significant portion of the time since the onset of the disturbance, one or more major areas of functioning
such as work, interpersonal relations, or self-care are markedly below the level achieved prior to the onset (or when the onset is in childhood or
adolescence, failure to achieve expected level of interpersonal, academic, or occupational achievement).
C. Duration: Continuous signs of the disturbance persist for at least 6 months. This 6-month period must include at least 1 month of symptoms (or less
if successfully treated) that meet Criterion A (i.e., active-phase symptoms) and may include periods of prodromal or residual symptoms. During these
prodromal or residual periods, the signs of the disturbance may be manifested by only negative symptoms or two or more symptoms listed in Criterion A
present in an attenuated form (e.g., odd beliefs, unusual perceptual experiences).
D. Schizoaffective and Mood Disorder exclusion: Schizoaffective Disorder and Mood Disorder With Psychotic Features have been ruled out because either
(1) no Major Depressive or Manic Episodes have occurred concurrently with the activephase symptoms; or (2) if mood episodes have occurred during
active-phase symptoms, their total duration has been brief relative to the duration of the active and residual periods.
E. Substance/general medical condition exclusion: The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of
abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition.
F. Relationship to a Pervasive Developmental Disorder: If there is a history of Autistic Disorder or another Pervasive Developmental Disorder or other
communication disorder of childhood onset, the additional diagnosis of Schizophrenia is made only if prominent delusions or hallucinations are also
present for at least a month (or less if successfully treated).