History is replete with famous individuals whose behavior has been driven by paranoia, and many works of fiction have featured main characters destroyed by uncontrollable suspicion of everyone and everything.
The paranoia of Josef Stalin, Saddam Hussein, and Richard M. Nixon rendered them distrustful of everyone to a point of dysfunction. Lead fictional characters as portrayed in The Caine Mutiny and Conspiracy Theory demonstrated the life-changing damage caused by undue suspicion.
Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD) is a mental disorder characterized by paranoia and a pervasive, long-standing suspiciousness and generalized mistrust of others.
The latest claims from Hillary Clinton, the decades-long proponent of the “vast right wing conspiracy,” indicates that she may finally have slipped over the edge from being reasonably suspicious about her adversaries to being a full-on paranoid. In the political sense, her final break from reality may be more accurately identified as “CLINTONOIA.”
At a recent TV appearance, Hillary blamed her election loss on the following groups/people/things:
- The FBI
- James Comey
- Russians in general
- Vladimir Putin specifically
- Suburban women
- New York Times
- TV executives
- Cable news
- Donald Trump (of course)
- Bad polling data
- Macedonian websites
- Democratic National Committee
- People who thought she would win
- The electoral college
- Everybody but Hillary Clinton
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV), the diagnostic standard for mental health professionals in the United States, lists the following symptoms for CLINTONOID PERSONALITY DISORDER (CPD):
- suspicious; unfounded suspicions; believes others are plotting against him/her
- preoccupied with unsupported doubts about friends or associates
- reluctant to confide in others due to a fear that information may be used against him/her
- reads negative meanings into innocuous remarks
- bears grudges
- perceives attacks on his/her reputation that are not clear to others, and is quick to counterattack
- maintains unfounded suspicions regarding the fidelity of a spouse or significant other
Politicians with Clintonoid Personality Disorder (CPD) tend to be self-centered, self-important, defensive, and emotionally distant. The disorder often impedes social and personal relationships and career advancement, particularly when running for President.
Won’t they please just come and take her away?