Sunday, May 28, 2006

Roy Unleashed!

[posted by dinah]



I checked the blog yesterday was surprised to find three, count 'em, three new posts by Roy! Is he manic, I wondered? Oh, probably not...just unleashing his pent-up blogs which have been festering... I can only speculate. But this brings me to an interesting study I found, one that pertains to Roy's comments on most frequent diagnoses among psychiatric patients. A landmark 1998 study by Sille, et. al. revealed that the most common psychiatric diagnosis among bloggers is, in fact, Bipolar Disorder, accounting for 61.8% of all psychiatric diagnoses (most recent episode being a Mixed State), followed by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, with compulsive writing being the most common symptom, followed by compulsive email checking. In a follow-up study done by Monke in 2001, it was found in a randomized, placebo-controlled, double blind study that manic bloggers were more likely to report remission of symptoms, a return to euthymia, and a decrease in compulsive blogging, when treated with a combination of Depakote, chocolate and caffeine. Interestingly enough, none of the bloggers studied responded to either Lithium or any of the novel anti-psychotic agents.

Okay, so I made it all up, but I had fun doing it!

6 comments:

ClinkShrink said...

Roy has raised the bar for ShrinkRap blogging standards. How are we going to keep up with this guy? Not to mention his template improvements.

bgp said...

do you have the reference for that Monke 2001 article?

Anonymous said...

no refs for the monkey article: I made up that and the Silly one too!
In fact, I made up the whole post.

Why isn't my template different?

Roy said...

I liked Dinah's tongue-in-cheek references (Monke...Tony Shaloub...OCD...I got it).

Blogging (and the internet, in general) provides an easy outlet for folks who lean a bit towards the manic, ADD, OCD spectrum.

I found that there *is* a fair amount being written about bloggers as a group. Examples:
* blogging as a social activity
* scholarly analysis of personality styles in 71 bloggers [pdf]
* 40-page linguistic analysis of the 2003 blogosphere [pdf]

hmm... there I go again!

Sarebear said...

Well @#$%. Roy just described ME. @#$@#nabbit!

You forgot paranoia. I knew you were out to expose me, now weren't you (JUST kidding, and not officially diagnosed with that, either).

I hate being so easily pegged, or being so, well, typical. ARGH!

NeoNurseChic said...

Haha I like it! ;)

Now it's got me wondering what blogger personality type I fit into! The somewhat neurotic category definitely applies... I just like blogging about things I feel like I can't express in any other way. It's opened a whole new world to me! :)

Carrie :)