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  •  Delusions vs. Preoccupation (8+ / 0-)

    Psychiatry makes a distinction between delusions and pre-occupations.

    A delusion is a demonstrable false idea (i.e. Pres. Obama was not born in America) that is believed despite being clearly and plain wrong.  Delusions may be grandiose ("I am Napolean"), religious ("I am God"), persecutory ("Bin Laden is going to kill me"), erotomanic ("Tome Cruise is in love with me"), or mixed up with other ideas.  Psychiatrists hold that delusions are not specific to any one disease, but are always pathological, meaning, occurring in the setting of a disease of mental illness.

    A Preoccupation is a firmly held idea based on false or incomplete information, dogma, misperception, or poor memory.  These ideas may have some basis in fact.  Like delusions, preoccupations are typically unshakeable, and unlike delusions, preoccupations are not part of a pathological process or disease.  

    While some Tea Party people may be sick and suffer from mental illness, in my opinion, the vast majority are not sick but instead carry unfortunate preoccupations about politics.  Racism falls into this category as well.

    Becuase the Tea Party people are not sick per se, I agree with the OP that there is no treatment for this kind of thinking and behavior , and psychiatry should not enter into the conversation.   Believe me, there are Tea Party psychiatrists out there who want to claim that liberals display some sort of mental illness.  This is false, and a mistaken use of psychiatry.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 08:02:45 AM PDT

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