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45 French Fries Short of a Happy Meal…The Chumph Declared Mentally Ill

The Chumph doesn’t just have a few screws loose…They all fell out.

It’s official: Top psychiatrists at Yale conference warn that Trump has a ‘dangerous mental illness’

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35 psychiatrists this week gathered at a conference at Yale to sound the alarm on what they believe is President Donald Trump’s “dangerous mental illness.”

Per The Independent, the psychiatrists met at Yale’s School of Medicine on Thursday to talk about Donald Trump’s mental health, which they warned was frighteningly unstable.

“We have an ethical responsibility to warn the public about Donald Trump’s dangerous mental illness,” said Dr. John Gartner, a practicing psychotherapist who advised psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins University Medical School and who has in the past warned Trump is a “psychiatric Frankenstein monster.”

Gartner and other psychiatrists at the conference argued that Trump suffers from a particularly malignant case of pathological narcissism, which makes him a danger to the country and the world.

“Worse than just being a liar or a narcissist, in addition he is paranoid, delusional and grandiose thinking and he proved that to the country the first day he was president,” Gartner explained. “If Donald Trump really believes he had the largest crowd size in history, that’s delusional.”

Dr. James Gilligan, a psychiatrist and professor at New York University, said that Trump’s erratic behavior has similarly disturbed him — despite the fact that he has lots of experience working with violent convicted criminals.

“I’ve worked with murderers and rapists, I can recognize dangerousness from a mile away,” he said. “You don’t have to be an expert on dangerousness or spend fifty years studying it like I have in order to know how dangerous this man is.”

Typically, psychology professionals refrain from diagnosing public figures whom they haven’t personally interviewed, but Dr. Bandy Lee, an assistant clinical professor at the Yale School of Medicine, told the conference that the dangers Trump’s mental health present are simply too great to stay silent.

“As some prominent psychiatrists have noted, [Trump’s mental health] is the elephant in the room,” Lee explained. “I think the public is really starting to catch on and widely talk about this now.”

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Lost Time Traveler Robs Arby’s

Lots of Nuts and Fruitcakes out there in Americaland. Some even get elected to office.

With the worst mental health system in the industrialized world, it isn’t getting any better.

Beam me up, Scotty! There is no intelligent life here…

Man claiming to be a time traveler from the year 2020 steals chicken and bacon from Arby’s

A man claiming to be from four years in the future ran into an intersection, kicking cars, before running into an Oklahoma City Arby’s where he hopped over the counter and stole some chicken and bacon.

Dante Rashad Anderson, 36, started at the Carl’s Jr., yelling at employees to give him food but when they refused he took his case to Arby’s, according to KOCO News.

“I got bacon and chicken and I scared the lady,” Anderson reportedly said to police. “She thought I was going to hurt her, but I was not. I was just hungry and wanted some food. That is what I have to do to get food.

He went on to say that he knew he would go to jail for stealing the food but, “no one wants to help me out.”

“I am from planet Earth 2016 and am four years advanced on you, and you guys are always trying [to] kill me,” the police report said. “On my planet Earth, everyone is dead and I walked here from there.” He’s explaining a kind of “Last Man on Earth” episode.

MSGT. Gary Knight from the Oklahoma City Police Department says that Anderson was possibly under the influence of some sort of narcotic, intoxicant or suffering some type of break with reality. Knight did not comment on the possibly of time travel, however.

Police ultimately arrested Anderson for complaints of assault and battery, larceny and two destruction of property and booked him in the Oklahoma county jail.

Ohio man shoots up own home with AK-47 after imagining a burglar

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Home Alone at 28…

A man in Warren, Ohio is facing charges after he shot up his own home because he feared that noises could be a burglar.

WKBN reported that 28-year-old William Chesser contacted 911 dispatchers to report a possible break in. Officers arrived on the scene and found Chesser waiting in his car.

Chesser told officers that he became paranoid after hearing cars driving past his home and knocking sounds coming from his windows, according to a police report. Believing that noises in his home could be a burglar, Chesser said that he ran into one of the upstairs bedrooms, jumped from a two-story window, and then fled to a neighbor’s home to call 911.

Police at the scene observed that the front door was kicked in and several windows were broken. After noticing the smell of gun powder, officers observed bullet holes in the stairway wall.

An AK-47 and spent shell casings were found laying on the floor in a hallway near the stairway, the police report said. A .38 special revolver was also recovered from the home.

Officers said that Chesser admitted to firing both guns because he suspected that a burglar was making noises by breaking into his home.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2016 in Nawwwwww!

 

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Predicting Schizophrenia – And Implications for Gun Control

First off – not all (or even a majority) of people suffering from Schizophrenia will ever become violent. However in a country which suffers the highest level of violence in the Industrialized world, and over 10 times the number of Mass Murders of any other country…Which not coincidentally has the most pathetic mental health system…

Maybe it is time to look at another way to avert the violence. Can we identify and treat those with Mental Illness which are likely to become violent?

I haven’t taken time to calculate the numbers – but it also seems that a disproportionate number of people killed by the Police are in fact folks suffering from mental disease – specifically Schizophrenia who are 14 times more likely to suffer violence than non-sufferers of the disease.

The Virginia Tech Shooter had been diagnosed with severe psychotic breaks (Schizophrenia) but was still allowed to obtain the weapon with which he shot and killed several dozen of his classmates. Most research indicates he was an outlier in terms of violent behavior.

Should we, as a society examine ways to predict violent actions, and deny those folks access to guns? Admittedly, this is a thorny Constitutional and legal question.

Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based on How a Person Talks

A new study finds an algorithmic word analysis is flawless at determining whether a person will have a psychotic episode.

Although the language of thinking is deliberate—let me think, I have to do some thinking—the actual experience of having thoughts is often passive. Ideas pop up like dandelions; thoughts occur suddenly and escape without warning. People swim in and out of pools of thought in a way that can feel, paradoxically, mindless.

Most of the time, people don’t actively track the way one thought flows into the next. But in psychiatry, much attention is paid to such intricacies of thinking. For instance, disorganized thought, evidenced by disjointed patterns in speech, is considered a hallmark characteristic of schizophrenia. Several studies of at-risk youths have found that doctors are able to guess with impressive accuracy—the best predictive models hover around 79 percent—whether a person will develop psychosis based on tracking that person’s speech patterns in interviews.

A computer, it seems, can do better.

 That’s according to a study published Wednesday by researchers at Columbia University, the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in the Nature Publishing Group journal Schizophrenia. They used an automated speech-analysis program to correctly differentiate—with 100-percent accuracy—between at-risk young people who developed psychosis over a two-and-a-half year period and those who did not. The computer model also outperformed other advanced screening technologies, like biomarkers from neuroimaging and EEG recordings of brain activity.
“In our study, we found that minimal semantic coherence—the flow of meaning from one sentence to the next—was characteristic of those young people at risk who later developed psychosis,” said Guillermo Cecchi, a biometaphorical-computing researcher for IBM Research, in an email. “It was not the average. What this means is that over 45 minutes of interviewing, these young people had at least one occasion of a jarring disruption in meaning from one sentence to the next. As an interviewer, if my mind wandered briefly, I might miss it. But a computer would pick it up.”

Researchers used an algorithm to root out such “jarring disruptions” in otherwise ordinary speech. Their semantic analysis measured coherence and two syntactic markers of speech complexity—including the length of a sentence and how many clauses it entailed. “When people speak, they can speak in short, simple sentences. Or they can speak in longer, more complex sentences, that have clauses added that further elaborate and describe the main idea,” Cecchi said. “The measures of complexity and coherence are separate and are not correlated with one another. However, simple syntax and semantic incoherence do tend to aggregate together in schizophrenia.”

 Here’s an example of a sentence, provided by Cecchi and revised for patient confidentiality, from one of the study’s participants who later developed psychosis:

I was always into video games. I mean, I don’t feel the urge to do that with this, but it would be fun. You know, so the one block thing is okay. I kind of lied though and I’m nervous about going back.

While the researchers conclude that language processing appears to reveal “subtle, clinically relevant mental-state changes in emergent psychosis,” their work poses several outstanding questions. For one thing, their sample size of 34 patients was tiny. Researchers are planning to attempt to replicate their findings using transcripts from a larger cohort of at-risk youths.

They’re also working to contextualize what their findings might mean more broadly. “We know that thought disorder is an early core feature of schizophrenia evident before psychosis onset,” said Cheryl Corcoran, an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University. “The main question then is: What are the brain mechanisms underlying this abnormality in language? And how might we intervene to address it and possibly improve prognosis? Could we improve the concurrent language problems and function of children and teenagers at risk, and either prevent psychosis or at least modify its course?”

Intervention has long been the goal. And so far it has been an elusive one. Clinicians are already quite good at identifying people who are at increased risk of developing schizophrenia, but taking that one step farther and determining which of those people will actually end up having the illness remains a huge challenge…More…

Victims of Schizophrenia are about 3-4 times more likely to commit violence than the non-affected population, but less likely to commit violence than alcoholics or drug users with mental illness. They however are 14 times more likely to be the victims of violence.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2015 in General, The Post-Racial Life

 

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