I never assumed you had functioning relationships. That was in reference to the previous anon.
I think you may need to re-read my previous answer. Because I am not diagnosing anyone - I don’t see how explaining the fundamentals of a mental illness equates to diagnosis. I was speaking generally, quite obviously speaking generally because I have absolutely no idea about your personal case, your personal clinical diagnosis, your personal criminal history or your symptoms.
Although I’m assuming this rather defensive reaction is because you’ve forgotten that the term ‘you' is frequently used to describe people in general. The wonders of the english language, and the importance of properly reading something in order to establish context. Again, re-read the reply, and try and understand it this time in the proper context.
Also - you have just proved the point I was making - which is that a personality disorder cannot exist without it impacting on a person’s ability to function.
I’m not on a high horse, and I’m not a little girl.
And again, you’re one of us. You have a personality disorder - you’re not an alien. Stop trivialising mental health problems.
Again, the diagnosis of any personality disorder requires:
- Significant impairments in self and interpersonal functioning.
If you’re holding down intimate, long-term relationships, you’re able to hold down a job, you’re able to maintain your physical health and you’re not having issues with the law, then I would question the validity of the diagnosis. If your ‘symptoms’ are having literally no impact on your ability to function in any area of your life then there would be no reason to pathologise them. Also, as I said before, because of the DSM-IV-TR focus on criminality the vast majority of people with ASPD would have issues with the law, it was in the diagnostic criteria for decades.
I am not saying that all people with ASPD are incarcerated, I am saying that because of the diagnostic criteria most people would have some sort of contact with the law prior to diagnosis. Not to mention ASPD wouldn’t typically lend itself to a person seeking out help, so usually law enforcement is the first point of contact in terms of services.
Also, it’s a mental illness, not a secret identity. You’re human, you’re not ‘among us’, you’re one of us. The use of that sort of language just trivialises the disorder while also further stigmatising those who experience it.
I have a wide array of friends, I have a devoted girlfriend and I excel in anything that I devote my attention too. Currently, I work in retail and as my supervisor has mentioned on multiple occasions, I could sell cats to mice. I genuinely don’t understand the issue that people have with this apparent disorder. I am no Hannibal Lector and I never will be. -P2/2
Well, psychopathy currently isn’t a recognised diagnosis. Anyone who uses the term ‘psychopath’ is using an outdated term that is no longer used clinically. The equivalent diagnosis is ASPD which is typically diagnosed within the prison population and typically only gets brought the forefront when people get in trouble with the law - because the very first diagnostic criteria in the DSM-IV-TR was:
failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest
Being diagnosed specifically with ASPD without contact with law enforcement is a bit rare, especially because of the conduct disorder requirement. But, this does not mean that they are all serial killers or mass murderers. In fact, the vast majority of those diagnosed with ASPD would not have committed crimes like that - those crimes, in the grand scheme of things, are quite rare.
I’m actually surprised that you would have received a clinical diagnosis of a personality disorder when really the criteria would make it incredibly hard to hold down long term healthy relationships as well as employment. And I would discuss this diagnosis with your psychologist/psychiatrist, because if you’re having no issues with functioning in the slightest there’s no reason for you to have that label, and it’s a label that can have a huge impact on your ability to access services in the future - should you have any other mental health concerns.
EDIT: Just a wee disclaimer, I focused on DSM-IV-TR because most guys I meet would have been diagnosed prior to the DSM-V being introduced. The DSM-V has turned the focus away from criminality, but the diagnostic criteria still would typically lend itself to criminality.
Ted Bunny? It’s a play on the name ‘Ted Bundy’, incorporating his pet name ‘Bunny’ into it - I post mostly about true crime and serial killers so it makes sense.
Oh god, that’s horrible!
And yeah, they thought it was multiple people because of the fact that he had used explosives as well as guns. Sounds absolutely terrifying!