Psychiatrist humour: the alternative DSM-5?

3 Jan

The doctor is in JAN 2013

Happy New Year and thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

I do enjoy a good laugh, and sometimes it’s psychiatrists helping me to find my funny bone. First there was UK psychiatrist Dopamine Diva. Back in December, she revealed what she’d really like to say when asked, “Will these tablets turn me into a zombie …?”). That conversation still makes me laugh 2 weeks later.

Now there’s more hilarity from US psychiatrist Satirical Shrink, who tweets as @SatiricalShrink. She’s summarised, in 140 characters or less, 10 common psychiatric diagnoses using the hashtage #DimeStorePsychiatry.

It got me thinking that maybe US psychiatrists could do away with all the drama and controversy surrounding the rewrite of their psychiatric reference manual, the DSM-IV, and just use these 10 Twitter categories instead. Have a look for yourself and see what you think.

Remember, the clue is in the name: these tweets are satirical. They’re not intended as judgments.

Lesson #1: The Narcissist, aka Prima Donna. Plus: Life of the party. Minus: No one else can attend.

Lesson #2: Obsessive-Compulsive, aka Anal Retentive. Plus: Tends to be neat. Minus: Tends to be maddening.

Lesson #3: Paranoid, aka Conspiracy Theorist. Plus: Picks up on cues. Minus: Cues usually wrong.

Lesson #4: Addict, aka Drunk or Dope Fiend. Plus: Likes to have fun. Minus: Likes to be numb.

 Lesson #5 Passive-Aggressive aka Dawdler/Martyr. Plus: Easy to get along with. Minus: Hard to get along with.

Lesson #6: The Depressive, aka Eeyore. Plus: Emotionally sensitive. Minus: Emotional baggage.

Lesson #7 The Control Freak, aka Backseat Driver. Plus: Highly productive. Minus: Highly eruptive.

Lesson #8 The Phobic, aka Yellow Belly. Plus: Always prepared. Minus: Always scared.

Lesson #9 (my personal fav) The Rage-aholic, aka Loose Cannon. Plus: Strong-willed. Minus: Strong lungs.

Lesson #10 The Sociopath, aka Con Man. Plus: Really charming. Minus: Really harming.

Do you recognise yourself or anyone you know in these tweets? I know I do! Let me know in the comments section below what you think of these categories, and any ones you think should be added in.

A bit about SatiriSatirical Shrink stethascopecal Shrink. Her Twitter bio is, “Teaching Physician. Psychiatrist. Writer. Raging workaholic, working rageaholic. Out of rehab and in denial. No, you can’t have any fucking Xanax”. She decribes her location as, “5th Circle of Hell” (though appears to be based in the US). Her current Twitter pic is to the left.

Here’s a link to the Storify story of Satirical Shrink’s tweets. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

I’ll add more psychiatrist humour as I come across it. Never underestimate the power of laughter.




3 Responses to “Psychiatrist humour: the alternative DSM-5?”

  1. manyofus1980 3 January 2013 at 12:47 am #

    Reblogged this on Many of us's blog.

    • Sectioned 7 January 2013 at 9:39 am #

      Thanks. Glad you enjoyed the post.

  2. theboxticker 26 April 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    Maybe I’ve missed the context of these, but I can’t say I find them that funny. In my opinion, the trick to dark humour is to make fun of the Bad Thing (in this case the mental illness) and expressively not the Person Experiencing The Bad Thing. Obviously there are no hard and fast rules… but I feel this crosses the line.

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