Antisocial personality disorder (APD) is defined by American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual  thus:

“The essential feature for the diagnosis is a pervasive pattern of disregard for, and violation of, the rights of others…”

Further reading has led me to the these lists, with which we should be able to make an informed diagnostic guess regarding You Know Who from Alaska.  I have added, in parenthesis, whether I believe said person shows evidence of that particular symptom.

The Diagnostic Criteria
Three or more of the following are required:

  1. Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors (Check!)
  2. Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeatedly lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure (Double Check!)
  3. Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead (Check!)
  4. Irritability and aggressiveness (Hmm…ya think?)
  5. Reckless disregard for safety of self or others (Hello?! Leaking amniotic fluid but waiting almost 24 hours admit to the hospital DEFINATELY put her as-then unborn baby in danger of infection and resulting serious problems! So, yeah…she gets this one too.)
  6. Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations (Yes, and Yes!)
  7. Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another (Bingo!  Fly who where on who’s dime?)

By my count, she gets 7 out of 7…

Now for individual Symptoms
Characteristics of people with antisocial personality disorder may include (Yes or No? Is this ‘our’ Sarah?):

  1. Persistent lying or stealing (Yep!)
  2. Recurring difficulties with the law (I ‘d say Troopergate and unethical use of state funds count!)
  3. Tendency to violate the rights and boundaries of others (Oh, HELL yeah!)
  4. Substance abuse (can’t tell you on this one…)
  5. Aggressive, often violent behavior (Maybe not violent herself, but I think rousing rabble in PA cuts it darn close…)
  6. A persistent agitated or depressed feeling; dysphoria (I can’t say on this one, either…)
  7. Inability to tolerate boredom (? Don’t know…)
  8. Disregard for the safety of self or others (Yeah…again, the amniotic fluid episode counts)
  9. A childhood diagnosis of conduct disorders – this is not a symptom but “a history of”  (can’t say…)
  10. Lack of remorse, related to hurting others (If it walks like a duck…talks like a duck…)
  11. Superficial charm (Oh yes, DEFINATELY!)
  12. Impulsiveness (I’d say yes)
  13. A sense of extreme entitlement (VERY evident!)
  14. Inability to make or keep friends (couldn’t say…)
  15. Recklessness, impulsivity (Yep)
  16. People with a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder often experience difficulties with authority figures (Hey, just talk to the McCain camp!  She’s off on her own agenda, won’t take any advice from anyone…she’s gone ‘Rogue’ and showing no signs of remorse or need to “rein in”).

*DING DING DING DING DING!!* 

Falling Confetti

Sarah Palin, you score 11 out of 16!  Along with the 7 out of 7 scored in the first half, this means you have Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD) and are a SOCIOPATH!  Fortunately, this also entitles you to one GO BACK HOME TO ALASKA pass!  (Do not pass ‘Go!’, do not collect $150K)

So there…that’s my rant.  I’m tired now. Outta here.  Talk amongst yourselves…

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