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  •  Oh dear. (8+ / 0-)

    Childlike painted nudes sent around to family members. Somewhere a therapist is getting obscenely rich, or should be.

    Fuck me, it's a leprechaun.

    by MBNYC on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:09:18 PM PST

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      October 02, 2002

      Is the President Nuts? Diagnosing Dubya
      Is the President Nuts?
      by CAROL WOLMAN, M.D.

      Many people, inside and especially outside this country, believe that the American president is nuts, and is taking the world on a suicidal path. As a board-certified psychiatrist, I feel it’s my duty to share my understanding of his psychopathology. He’s a complicated man, under tremendous pressure from both his family/junta, and from the world at large. So the following is offered with humility and questioning, in the form of a differential diagnosis. From the Freudian point of view:

      Dubya may be acting out a classical Oedipal drama–overcome Daddy to get Mommy. By deposing Saddam, when his father did not, he may want to prove himself more worthy of his mother’s love. His rationale that he is avenging the assassination attempt on George, Sr., may be a reaction formation- his way of hiding the true motive from himself. From the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Fourth Edition:

      Antisocial Personality Disorder–301.7

      There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others since age 15 years as indicated by at least three of the following: 1) failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest; 2) deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure; 5) reckless disregard for safety of self or others; 7) lack of remorse by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated or stolen from others. Another possibility from DSM IV:

      Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly Multiple Personality Disorder) 300.14

      A) The presence of two or more distinct identities, each with its own enduring pattern of perceiving, relating to and thinking about the environment and self.

      B) At least two of these identities or personality states recurrently take control of the person’s behavior. This disorder is typical of people raised by satanic cults, and might explain how Dubya can think of himself as a born-again Christian and yet worship money, oil and profit, and sanction killing thousands of innocent Iraqi and Afghani children. Another possibility:

      Narcissistic personality disorder 301.81

      1) has a grandiose sense of self-importance- exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements;

      2) in preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty or ideal love;

      3) believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people;

      4) requires excessive admiration;

      5) has a sense of entitlement- unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations;

      6) is interpersonally exploitative;

      7) lacks empathy, is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others;

      9) shows arrogant, haughty behavior or attitudes.

      This set of characteristics may describe Rumsfeld and Cheney better than Dubya. Or, for those who feel that he’s just a puppet for others:

      Dependent Personality Disorder 301.6

      1) has difficulty making everyday decisions without an excessive amount of advice and reassurance from others;

      2) needs others to assume responsibility for most major areas of his life;

      3) has difficulty expressing disagreement with others because of fear of loss of support or approval;

      4) has difficulty initiating projects or doing things on his own because of a lack of self-confidence in judgment or abilities.

      5. goes to excessive lengths to obtain nurturance and support from others, to the point of doing things that are unpleasant. From a Jungian point of view:

      Dubya may be identifying with an archetype (as Hitler did with the ubermensch)–something out of Revelations, perhaps, whereby he sees himself as an instrument of God’s will to bring about Armageddon.

      Dr. Carol Wolman is a board certified psychiatrist, in practice for 30 years. She can be reached at:

      ...and who, disguised as rambler american, mild mannered commenter for a great Democratic web blog, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.

      by rambler american on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 02:46:04 AM PST

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      •  And this (0+ / 0-)
        March 25, 2003

        A BuzzFlash Reader Offers Her Professional Services to George W. Bush


        Dear President Bush,

        At this time of national crisis, I would like to offer my assistance to you.

        As a practicing psychologist for more than thirty years, it has become clear to me that your mental health has been seriously neglected. In the interest of our nation, I would like to offer my services as a psychologist to you on a "pro bono" basis. It would, after all, be for the good of the country.

        Of course, it would be presumptuous of me to attempt to diagnose your emotional difficulties without meeting you face to face. However, I believe that I have had sufficient opportunity to observe you to put forth a few hypotheses of "trouble" areas with which you seem to need assistance.

        First, and of great concern, is evidence of delusional thinking - a symptom of psychosis. The delusion that seems most evident is that bombing a people into submission is a strong foundation for democracy, and for generating good will in a nation. There is also the delusion that Saddam Hussein poses an imminent threat to the USA. (Or was that just a lie, suggesting psychopathic deviance?)

        Another symptom that many people have noted is disorganized and incoherent speech, which, unfortunately, can be another symptom of psychosis. Confused thinking is also a problem for you, as demonstrated by the idea that our reason for going to war is Iraq's defiance of the UN, yet you are defying the UN by going to war. This suggests rather muddled cognitive functioning.

        These symptoms suggest that I would feel that a referral to a psychiatrist for medication might be indicated. However, your history of multiple substance abuse should lead to caution in the use of certain psychotropic medications.

        While there are some indicators of psychosis, there are also many signs of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, which include arrogance and grandiosity, as well as a need for unlimited power. There is also a lack of empathy for others, and, in your case, no regard for them at all if they speak another language. You suffer from an excessive need for admiration and a sense of entitlement. Evidence for that includes your refusal to speak before the European Union unless you could be guaranteed a standing ovation. Your actions regarding attacking Iraq in spite of negative world reaction reveal your arrogance in a clear and obvious way.

        Emotional immaturity has been in evidence as well. The tendency toward black and white thinking is one sign of emotional immaturity. Statements that divide the world into good and evil, and "you're with us or against us" reflect thinking typical of a young child. Emotional growth and development is known to be stunted by substance abuse. Could that be what happened with you?

        Problems with the truth are also in evidence, as in such statements as "I am a man of peace", "I am a uniter (sic) not a divider" and "I�m hopeful that we can avoid a war." None of these statements enjoy the support of your behavior. While a certain amount of lying is expected from politicians, yours seems to be well in excess of the norm.

        Although I have a busy schedule, I am confident that my current patients, in the service of their country, would be willing to change their schedules to accommodate you.

        I also need to warn you that I cannot guarantee relief from all the above symptoms, as personality disorders are notoriously difficult to treat. Therefore, in order to pursue your recovery, it might be wise to consider resigning from the stresses of your current position to devote your time to your psychological well being.


        Diana DeVito
        Clinical Psychologist


        ...and who, disguised as rambler american, mild mannered commenter for a great Democratic web blog, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.

        by rambler american on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 02:49:48 AM PST

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