Thursday, December 19, 2002
Schizophrenia (from the DSM IV)
As many of you know, Michael Savage is the host of the nationally syndicated talk show "The Savage Nation". I have decided that he is crazy. Below are symptoms of the Paranoid Type of Scizophrenia. If you listen to the show, AT ALL, you will agree that he exhibits/expresses most of these symptoms. If you don' listen to it, catch it, and listen for clues...
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):
1 delusions --yep, especially delusions of grandeur and persecution
3 disorganized speech (e.g., frequent derailment or incoherence)---definately
4 grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior
5 negative symptoms (i.e., affective flattening, alogia, or avolition)
Note: Only one Criterion A symptom is required if delusions are bizarre or hallucinations consist of a voice keeping up a running commentary on the person's behavior or thoughts, or two or more voices conversing with each other.
A type of Schizophrenia in which the following criteria are met:
A. Preoccupation with one or more delusions or frequent auditory hallucinations.
B. None of the following is prominent: disorganized speech, disorganized or catatonic behavior, or flat or inappropriate affect.