politics- it’s a crazy world

October 8, 2006

It’s confession time as David Blunkett and Alastair Campbell admit to severe bouts of depression at the time they were taking crucial decisons on combating terror and whether to invade Iraq. Deciding to invade another country is, I think, rather underrated as a cure for depression. Mr Campbell, who had already suffered “a work-induced, drink-induced, pressure-induced psychotic breakdown”, says he “felt completely confident in relation to the facts” surrounding the issues investigated by Hutton. It sounds to me as if he, in common with a few other people in that arena, may also be suffering from one of the several personality disorders which involve delusions. Mr Blunkett was quoted as saying ‘I really thought I was going mad’; clearly another delusion. I can think of a few politicians who this list of some of the symptoms of Schizophrenia” might apply to:

o delusions
o disorganized speech (e.g., frequent derailment or incoherence; speaking in abstracts)
o grossly disorganized behavior (e.g. dressing inappropriately, not keeping minutes of meetings)
o diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness.

Few politicians if any have escaped the Paranoid Personality Disorder (tendency to experience excessive self-importance, manifest in a persistent self-referential attitude).
Some people would also say the Government suffers from Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (preoccupation with details, rules, lists, order, organization or schedule).

Actually, I think all these disorders might spring from the same underlying problem: power dependency. It makes Boris’s little problem with satyriasis look very much like a scattered shower in an eggcup.

I was also interested to read this in an article by Derek Wood, RN, BC, MS. “Pathological lying can be thought of as being associated with a select few psychiatric diagnoses, which normally have their onset during adolescence. Namely, these are Conduct Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder. In conduct disorder, it is common to see lying, conning people and other forms of deceit. In Antisocial Personality Disorder, there is a pervasive pattern of disregard or the rights of others, and with this, the person with this disorder will often lie to get what they wish – usually money, sex or power.” Anyone else like to confess?

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