Prompt Day #260: Describe an invented mental illness in scientific language, as though an entry in the DSM-IV. [For structure, visit allpsych.com]
A. A pervasive avoidance of others via the conviction that one is invisible to them. The subject believes that because no one can see or hear them, they are able to avoid suspicion, judgement, or distrust from the general public. Typically beginning in early childhood, and in all instances present by early adulthood, this disorder often presents itself in a variety of contexts, as indicated by four (or more) of the following:
- Displays themselves in such a way as to violate social norms and morays without shame or awareness of others’ disapproval
- Is preoccupied with self-satisfaction at all times, regardless of the reactions of those in close vicinity
- Is reluctant to confide in others regarding his or her perceived unique power
- Has been caught blatantly stealing or violating property yet maintains insistence of innocence and lack of proof
- Refuses to allow themselves to be photographed, videotaped, or recorded in any way
- Has assaulted others without provocation
- Often occurring in childhood but also present in adults; patient ignores or refuses to participate in conversations, verbal requests/orders directed to him or her.
B. The disorder occurs exclusive of other disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, panic disorders or conversion disorders.
C. This disorder is not the result of any organic or medical disorder such as stroke or traumatic brain injury.
D. Early childhood abuse is often present in social history
E. There often is present recent severe psychosocial stressors such as the death of a spouse or parent, divorce, or loss of job
F. Patient often exhibits a high IQ/Level of functioning with a strong knowledge of physics/science. Can often give detailed accounts of the scientific basis of his or her ability and conditions under which the invisibility manifests if their perception is one of a transient nature.