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  •  Accepting that the (9+ / 0-)

    T-Baggers are not mentally ill at the moment, and didn't start off that way, my question is one of medical interest to me...

    Can the long-term, close-holding and acting upon delusional, and delusionally paranoid ideas that are reinforced by external (and powerful) drivers... lead to mental illness even if that ideation did not arise from mental illness?

    In short, I think most are correct in saying that that T-Baggers are not crazy now... but could persistence in delusional paranoia drive them crazy?

    Biofeedback, hormonal imbalanced induced by sustained emotional frenzy and so on... could that happen?

    We know that people can be driven insane... could Fox News and the rest be literally inducing and reinforcing insanity?

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    by RedDan on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 08:16:27 PM PDT

    •  In a functional sense, I think the answer (1+ / 0-)
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      is yes. In a medical sense, probably not. But the damage they're doing is catastrophic, regardless of how we label it.

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      by Black Max on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 09:11:05 PM PDT

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      •  Well put. Most baggers probably don't have ... (3+ / 0-)

        ... organic brain damage / structural faults, but they still suffer from a syndrome of deeply habitual behavioral patterns that is overall dysfunctional / delusional.

        The grey area involves structural atrophy / hypertrophy - i.e. physical damage - that's caused by sustained, unnaturally high / low levels of hormones & neurotransmitters (adrenaline, dopamine, cortisol, etc) induced by behavior.

    •  I suppose people COULD become depressed (2+ / 0-)
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      if and when they sense they cannot accomplish goals set via delusional thinking.

      However, Orly Taitz seems undeterred at this point in time,

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      by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 05:26:28 AM PDT

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    •  Well (0+ / 0-)

      If you hold a physiological/biologistic theory of mental illness, then the answer is no.  

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      by not2plato on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 06:58:54 AM PDT

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      •  Unless stimuli applied to an organ (0+ / 0-)

        can induce physio-biological dysfunction...

        For example: Lung cancer caused by smoke or particulate inhalation, or diabetes caused by diet...

        In short: yes there are "internal malfunctions" that arise solely as a result of inherent biological errors...

        AND...

        There are malfunctions that are induced by external stimuli.

        If the brain is an organ that can be influenced to function in different ways depending on input (which we know to be true!), then, in fact, physiological/biological malfunction can be induced by the proper and sustained combination of stimuli.

        Therefore, Fox News and their puppet masters are deliberately attempting to drive a significant portion of the global population dysfunctionally and insanely delusional.

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        by RedDan on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 01:45:49 PM PDT

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