Tuesday, March 06, 2007


The psychiatric DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) is the holy bible of psychiatry that contains all the clinical diagnoses ever invented. It is now in its fourth iteration-- with the fifth expecited to come out in 2011 or so, updated with new and improved diagnoses and the criteria for making them.

With all the insanity going on in the world today, that new version of the DSM should probably have a apecial category ceveloped for the wide variety of "Psychopolitical Disorders" we are all witness to every day. The latest podcast of The Sanity Squad , now posted at Pajamas Media includes our tongue-in-cheek (and less than respectful) discussion of up-and-coming political syndromes.

Run of the mill narcissicism is simply not cutting it anymore as the daily dose of politics rises to ever higher levels of insanity and ridiculousness. The Sanity Squad has come up with a plethora of new disorders for the all the politically conscious lunatics among us. From Frankly Regressive Acute Utopian Disorder (FRAUD), and clinical political paranoia with or without conspiracy theory, to KimJongillomania (a political leader's obsession with their hair), Culture-Related Acute Psychosis (see if you can figure out that acronym), and Carter Martyrism. Let this week’s podcast be your guide to the future of crazy!

Join Shrinkwrapped, Neo-neocon, Siggy and me as we irreverantly revise the DSM for future political punditry.

All podcasts of The Sanity Squad can be found here; and you can also download them from iTunes. (search for Pajamas Media)

(The Sanity Squad cartoon at the right is drawn by Eric Allie, whose collection of political cartoons can be found here and here).

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