Monday, December 14, 2009

Diagnosing Orly Taitz

I’m not a psychiatrist, but I did see a crazy man hanging out by a McDonalds yesterday. It certainly would be interesting to read a psychiatrist’s report on Orly Taitz. Throughout my career in the medical field as a nurse in family practice and a 911 medic, I have seen and encountered some pretty bizarre individuals.

Everything from the crazy Middle Eastern guy I ended up with in my ambulance once who’d been dragged about a mile and a half on the road hanging on the outside of a car. After which he was wrestled to the ground, handcuffed, shackled and pepper sprayed by the cops before I arrived, and it still took two officers to keep him physically restrained. To that crazy old lady who came to the doctor’s office once with a large pill bottle full of what she called “seahorses” to show the doc. The seahorses by the way ended up being her collection of crusty old boogers she’d been picking out of her nose and saving.

There is no question in my mind that many of those around us are not exactly playing with a full deck. Everyone at one time or another has seen someone that you just gawked at in total bewilderment, and the only thing you could think was, WTF?. The frightening thing is realizing of how many of them are really out there and just how extremely diverse their “issues” and diagnoses can be, and the fact that they truly have no idea that they are crazy.

So, what do you suppose Orly’s diagnosis would be? Can you just imaging the bewilderment on the face of the doctor assigned to decipher that in their first session? I’m pretty sure the first thought would be, “WTF?” Her first diagnosis would have to be some kind of delusional disorder.

Delusional disorders usually first occur in mid-life. They are also more common in women than men and are a very serious condition in which a person truly cannot tell the difference between their delusions and reality. I think this is obvious in Orly because she apparently believes whole-heartedly that every authority and news network in this country is illegally conspiring to suppress what she calls “the truth” about Obama’s legitimacy to be POTUS.

This brings us to the next potential diagnosis of paranoia. People who are afflicted with Paranoid Personality Disorders never have factual evidence for whatever they are paranoid about, but they believe they do. They can be very hostile and distrustful. They are very suspicious and quick to react against perceived attacks on their character. They also spend a lot of time in court suing people. Yep, that one fits too. Just have a look at Orly’s website, she thrives on paranoia and delusions.

Ever heard of “Histrionic Personality Disorder”? This disorder is actually explicitly connected to a patient’s physical appearance. People who suffer with this disorder have distorted self-images and an overwhelming need to be noticed and be the constant center of attention. Their self-esteem is totally dependant on the approval of others. They are very manipulative and dramatic, as well as naïve and gullible. They often exaggerate a seductive image and have little or no tolerance for criticism or disapproval.

I don’t know if Orly’s constant quest for headlines can be tied to this diagnosis, but she does have an insatiable appetite for praise and publicity, and calls for anyone that criticizes or questions her to be criminally charged with treason. She also has her website covered with names and pictures of public and political figures she claims, “Are her friends on facebook”. She actually believes that all these people sign up to be her “friend” in support of her movement to remove Obama from office, and even stated as much in a comment posted on 12/1/09.

Back in July when Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va) accepted her facebook friendship request she publicly claimed that it proved the Republican Party understood the importance of the issues and her legal cases. Cantor’s spokesman Joe Pounder responded; “No, Cantor does not support Taitz’s cause, and that her requesting his friendship was “her” registering her support for him, not vice versa.”

And what about a Narcissistic Personality Disorder? I think they must have used Orly to write the textbook on that one. From it says:

“In order for a person to be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) they must meet five or more of the following symptoms:

· Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
· Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
· Believes that he or she is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
· Requires excessive admiration
· Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
· Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
· Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
· Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
· Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.”

(I’d say “Bingo” on that one!)

As I said, I’m not a psychiatrist, but I do think these diagnoses would probably be somewhere in Orly’s ballpark. I guess for a professional assessment we’re just going to have to wait for one of these judges she keeps pissing off to give an order for her to be clinically evaluated.

Shouldn’t be long.


  1. Orly's problem is abysmal narcissim. All one needs to do is visit her website to see that she thinks her popularity is growing by the day.

  2. Orly appears to have a psychosis stew (or goulash) rather than just one issue.

  3. LOL! Goulash, that’s funny. That’s what I just fixed for dinner! (And it was pretty good too, if I do say so myself.) But good analogy, she is definitely a psychological wonder.

  4. I think the first diagnosis "persistent delusional disorder" is the correct diagnosis for her. The moment the long form bc came out, she had some spurious social security form she was waving at the camera.

    I have had a few patients like her. Unfortunately they do not respond too well to treatment, partly because as you said they have no insight, and because they function reasonably well in other aspects of their life not directly related to the delusion, you often cannot compel them to take treatment under the law.
    Even if you could, they don't respond that well.

    I saw her latest interview and had to find out if there were discussions about her diagnosis online.