What if … there have been hundreds of incorrect diagnoses of #schizophrenia?

Yesterday, I published an article which showcased a presentation I did recently for the “Crime, Power and Victimisation” module I am currently studying at Liverpool John Moores University as part of my Master in Criminal Justice.

You can find this presentation below.

 

 

The thesis which is beginning to emerge runs as follows:

  1. The democratic deficit in OECD democracies – in particular English-speaking ones – has increased savagely since the 1970s.
  2. The incidence of mental ill-health/mental distress (depending on your preferred version of psychiatry) has doubled since the 1980s, in particular in the English-speaking countries mentioned.
  3. Successive DSMs (the American psychiatric bible) have more and more eagerly encompassed emotional reactions to painful environments as disorders.
  4. I was wrongly diagnosed – almost certainly under DSM-IV TR – as paranoid schizophrenic.
  5. When I say I was almost certainly wrongly diagnosed, I say this because there currently appear to be no hospital records of the events I describe when Citizen X is locked away in a secure mental health facility for one month in the summer of 2003.  This doesn’t mean they don’t exist: it simply means they haven’t been found, and I may not have asked the right people in order to do so.

So.

In the light of the above, what are the two questions that come to mind?

I cannot be the only person who was wrongly diagnosed on what I assume were the following two issues:

  • I was classified as deluded because I suggested my communications – mobile phone, PC, landline – were being intervened, and also that I was being literally – ie physically – followed everywhere I went.  The argument will have then run: “Citizen X must be deluded, because no one gets followed if they are not significant in some way.”  This was, remember, a decade before Snowden revealed everyone was being followed and intervened.
  • I had become unemployed, was becoming less socially effective and more friendless, and had lost all focus in finding a new life by the time I was diagnosed with the aforementioned condition.  DSM-IV TR clearly covers such eventualities as possible indicators of schizophrenia.

If you have not already done so, I suggest you look at my presentation above, think about it for a couple of days, and revisit this post when you may find it easier to absorb the implications of what I am tentatively beginning to argue.

The implications are dreadful.

The implications are that in the UK and elsewhere hundreds of people diagnosed schizophrenics, in particular paranoid schizophrenics, over the past decade and more, may have been diagnosed incorrectly as per the thesis contained in my initial presentation.

I have decided one thing this morning, and if I am lucky it will occupy me for the next four years or so.

I intend to get the funding to research a PhD which will demonstrate a clear correlation between environment, the various DSMs’ assumptions, and incorrect diagnoses of paranoid schizophrenia, in particular in the light of Edward Snowden’s revelations and with respect to neoliberal actors, events and ideologies which will have led, either accidentally or intentionally, to the huge and already demonstrable democratic deficit we are clearly suffering under.

I hope you will accompany me in this work, and will support me in my desire to set the record straight – not only for myself, but perhaps, also, for hundreds of others who have find themselves unreasonably and unjustly confined to the definition of disorder – instead of the thinking human beings they all deserve to be seen as.

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