Give Me A Diagnosis

I get comments and emails from totally crazy people from time to time, that’s what happens if you have significant Internet presence. They usually want me to help them out of their dire predicament, which involves folks spying on them, following them, persecuting them, and whatnot.
This one is fairly typical. I am justifying running it by not releasing his name. Apparently a former solider in Iraq, but you never know with these guys. Paranoid conspiracy involves 9-11 and his service in Iraq, if it even occurred.
I say paranoid schizophrenia due to the disjointed nature of the writing, not the paranoia. Manic psychosis can look very similar to paranoid schizophrenia and often you need to really look hard to tell them apart. I think manics probably make more sense than this though.
Schizophrenia has a characteristic thought disorder about it that is not replicated in other illnesses. Mania has thought disorder too, but it doesn’t look like schizophrenia.
Thought disorder means something like, “Doesn’t make sense when they talk.” I mean really doesn’t make sense, not someone who is eccentric, not following the flow or over your head. Often, you have to experience it to understand precisely what it looks like, but if you’ve ever talked to a wild-eyed homeless person, I think you know what I mean.
Thought disorder in schizophrenia is controversial. My opinion is that schizophrenia always must have thought disorder, else it is not schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is a much misunderstood illness, and your average moron doesn’t know jack about it. In fact, your average college grad doesn’t know jack about it. Your average 150 IQ American doesn’t know jack about it. This is unfortunate, as the illness is not extremely hard to dx, even for an amateur like me.
I have noticed that “regular Americans” are constantly accusing relatively normal persons of being schizophrenics, especially eccentrics or neurotics who have that “off in their own world” look about them.
Bottom line: schizophrenics do not make sense. Verbally, behaviorally, in every way. This is apparent, even in mild cases, after a bit. I had a schizophrenic best friend for about a year, a 1/2 Black guy, and now I feel I know the illness like the back of my hand.
Also note a tendency, that, as people get more and more unhinged, they start typing in all caps more and more. This is probably due to the urgency of the message – they really need to get the word out, dammit! Often they start blowing off punctuation and typing in endless run-ons. I’m not sure what that’s all about, as I haven’t been psychotic for even one minute in my life.

HE PEOPLE THAT DID THE TWIN TOWERS WERE IRANIAN, IRAQI SHIITES, MEXICANS, ASIANS, THEY KEPT TALKING ABOUT THE REASON I WAS BEING TORTURED IN COUNTRY HILLS HEALTH CARE CENTER AND OVERDOSED AND I WAS A MALPRACTICE WAS THE PEOPLE IN THOSE BUILDINGS KILLING WOMEN AND CHILDREN LEAVING BABIES TO DIE IN THE DESERT, TAKING THE OIL FOR FOOD MONEY THEY ARE COMPUTERS NOT PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT KNOCKING THEM DOWN.
ONCE I AGREED HE SAID HOW I SAID HOW TALL HE SAID HUNDREDS NO MAYBE THOUSANDS SOMETHING FEET I SAID AIRPLANES ONE HIGH ONE LOW OPPOSITE SIDE HE SAID WHAT ABOUT THE MIDDLE I SAID THERE ISN’T ONE I EVEN ASKED THE MEXICANS WHAT IF IT WAS WRONG TO KNOCK DOWN THE BUILDINGS IN IRAQ THE MAN SAID IT IS NOT WRONG EVERYBODY WANTS THOSE BUILDINGS DOWN ALL THEY DO IS KILL PEOPLE THEN I WENT BACK TO MY HOSPITAL ON 9-11-2001 I WOKE UP TO WHAT I SAID I WENT TO THE STORE LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED AND THE OWNER WHO WAS IRANIAN SHIITE NOT IRAQI CHALDEAN WAS TELLING THE MEXICANS JUST KEEP COMING THERE IS NOTHING THEY CAN DO THEY WILL GO BROKE TRYING TO STOP US A PERSON IS BEING KILLED EVERY 8.5 SECONDS IN AMERICA THE KILLERS ARE 90 PERCENT OTHER RACES IN MAJOR CITIES HEAVEN OR HELL THAT MEANS YOU WHITE AMERICANS JUST SAVED ALL THESE RACES SO THEY CAN KILL YOUR CHILDREN THAT IS FACT. I THOUGHT I WAS SAVING DYING BABY GIRLS IN THE DESERT IN IRAQ.
MILLIONS KNEW AND OPEC BACKED THEM THEY CAME TO SEE ME, REMEMBER PEOPLE LIKE THIS MAN AS A TARGET, SATANIC IDIOT AND HE GETS PAID EVERYDAY THEY TALK ABOUT KILLING THE WHITE CHRISTIAN MFR AND GATHER SUPPLIES THAT IS FACT .

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