RARA-AVIS: Re: schizophrenia

Victoria Esposito-Shea (vmes@sbt.infi.net)
Wed, 28 Jan 1998 22:15:07 -0500 > My question is about Lou's self-diagnosis as a paranoid schizophenic.
> I'm no phychiatrist, but Lou doesn't feel persecuted or hear voices,
> which I think are needed for a diagnosis of schizophenia.

FWIW, my husband, the resident psychologist, says that disordered thinking
and/or bizarre delusions are enough on their own to get you diagnosed as a
schizophrenic, as are a feeling of persecution and hearing voices. I'm not
sure what the criteria would have been back then, and I'm behind on the
reading and haven't been able to shove the book under his nose and demand
diagnoses. Probably just as well.


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