We live in an over-medicated and over-diagnosed society. We have an excuse and a reason for every behavior pattern. Personally, I think we all have
some form of every one of these behavior's that I am writing about, just to different degrees, and not all will we admit to, but I am going to go out
on a huge personal limb and give examples of each one of these as they pertain to me.
This will be my self-diagnosis. I have only been diagnosed by a psychiatrist one time in my life, as a young teen, with ADHD. I was prescribed
valium and some other pill I don't recall. It had a disastrous effect on me at the time, both the pills and the diagnosis. I did eventually learn
to accept that I had an extreme amount of energy and I decided to control my behavior without the pills. Which, 40 years later is still my
I won't even take an aspirin, unless for my heart, or a pain pill, for the many pains I do have or have had in the past. I have severe neuropathy,
have had many operations on my knees and several back injuries to deal with (fell off a roof 3 stories and was electrocuted) just to name a few. So,
Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or
worry, by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety, or by a combination of such obsessions and compulsions. Symptoms of the
disorder include excessive washing or cleaning; repeated checking; extreme hoarding; preoccupation with sexual, violent or religious thoughts;
I have to wash my hands 100 times a day. I have to masturbate every morning when I wake up. I speak of spirituality all the time. I use magnets for
relief from every pain I have. I have to wash every utensil before I use it. I have to wash every plate or cup, whether it appears to be clean or
not. I have to watch certain Television shows daily or weekly. I have to go to certain web sites daily. I have to follow certain sports/teams
daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. I will only eat specific foods a certain way. I will not eat certain foods period. I do not like bugs or
reptiles and have an extreme desire to avoid most. When my wife and I make love, everything has to be a certain way for me to enjoy it. When I am
watching a show or doing something do not bother me during it. You have to wait for a commercial or a break, etc.
Obsessive–compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) is a personality disorder characterized by a pervasive pattern of preoccupation with
orderliness, perfectionism, and mental and interpersonal control at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency. In contrast to patients
of Obsessive-compulsive disorder, people experiencing OCPD generally perceive their behaviors as correct and desirable. Hoarding is also mentioned as
one of several possible criteria for OCPD in the DSM-IV.[
Any of the above behaviors would fall into this category as well, because I believe they are all acceptable and since they do not hurt anyone
specifically on purpose they are correct and desirable to me.
Schizophrenia (/ˌskɪtsɵˈfrɛniə/ or /ˌskɪtsɵˈfriːniə/) is a mental disorder characterized by a breakdown of thought processes and by
poor emotional responsiveness. It most commonly features auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and
thinking, and it is accompanied by significant social or occupational dysfunction. The onset of symptoms typically occurs in young adulthood, with a
global lifetime prevalence of about 0.3–0.7%. Diagnosis is based on observed behavior and the patient's reported experiences.
Now this is a tricky one. I am not making light of the fact that there may be some that have a severe form of this disorder, but I constantly have
conversations and refer to myself by different names and each has different personality traits associated to all of them. I am sure I have one main
personality, the one I am using right now, but often times I find myself behaving in a different way under the influence of other personalities. I
will use different names when I am talking to them, the voices in my head, the other personalities. I will not use my real names in this example: I
may be Edward and talk to Eddie, or Mitch, Or George. Each has their own way of dealing with things, but they generally agree with me on my OCD
habits. Thank goodness or things could get ugly. George is the prankster, Eddie is the "happy-go-lucky" be everyone's buddy type, Mitch is the
cool dude and Edward is the serious minded, "do everything by the book", type.
Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a defined as a psychiatric and a neurobehavioral disorder. It is characterized by either
significant difficulties of inattention or hyperactivity and impulsiveness or a combination of the two. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical
Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR), symptoms emerge before seven years of age. There are three subtypes of the disorder which consist of it
being predominantly inattentive (ADHD-PI or ADHD-I), predominately hyperactive-impulsive (ADHD-HI or ADHD-H), or the two combined (ADHD-C). Oftentimes
people refer to ADHD-PI as "Attention deficit disorder" (ADD), however, the term was revised in the 1994 version of the DSM.
I ask you what kid can sit still? I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was 14, but my parents always thought I had some form of hyper-active behavior
from a very early age. Interesting thing was they attributed my ignoring them and my teachers with this behavior as attention deficit. I was born
premature and had a sever ear infection that caused my ears to stop growing properly. I was not diagnosed with an actual hearing deficiency until I
reached the 6th grade. Why? You will have to keep from laughing, That was the first year I had a black teacher. Up til then, apparently, I had
self-taught myself how to read lips. My 6th grade reading teacher thought I was always ignoring her or being difficult on purpose. I got sent to the
principal's office one time to many. Finally, it dawned on them, I should get my hearing checked. The Beltone tech asked me a few questions when my
mom and I first sat down and one of them was do I have any black teachers? We looked at each other, mom and I and started giggling. How did he know
that? He explained I was probably having trouble reading her lips. That was very true, she had huge lips and they never moved when she spoke.
Needless to say, the teacher got a chuckle and the principal was relieved. Never had any more hearing related issues in school again. At least
directly related to my hearing loss. As to my hyperactivity, I think I was just being a normal kid with lots of energy.
Bipolar disorder or bipolar affective disorder (historically known as manic-depressive disorder) is a psychiatric diagnosis for a mood disorder in
which people experience disruptive mood swings that encompass a frenzied state known as mania (or hypomania) and, usually, symptoms of depression.
Bipolar disorder is defined by the presence of one or more episodes of abnormally elevated energy levels, cognition, and mood with or without one or
more depressive episodes.
There have been days I feel very positive about life and had a mood swing where I began to doubt myself and my situation. I think we all go through
To be cont.