Posted by Christ_empowered on May 4, 2012, at 20:31:50
Here's my situation: 7 years ago, when I was 20, I was hospitalized. I was told it was ADD and minor depression--definitely not bipolar I--and put on lots of meds. I quit the meds once I moved out of my parents' home. The "professionals" also diagnosed narcissism, broke confidentiality, and basically ruined my reputation in a small, southern town.
Fast forward a few years. I committed a violent crime. I was given a second chance--rehab of the Christian variety for 1 year, the community service--and all the charges were dismissed, then the record was expunged. I have a squeaky clean criminal record.
I moved away, moved back to my hometown. Sent off some admittedly angry emails to an ex-shrink whom I had filed a medical board complaint against. I made some angry phone calls to another shrink's office. Suddenly, this "narcissist" with a low-IQ who "wanted to be special" was facing involuntary commitment. Luckily, the shrink who did the examination sent me home with free Abilify.
I just think its so ironic--for 2 years, I was the Village Idiot, supposedly "narcissistic," wanting to bipolar, etc. Now, those same shrinks tried to commit me. Oh, and I apparently don't have a low IQ anymore. I don't know when that happened, but I'm glad it did. I overheard someone at my mental health place say I had a "high IQ" while I was doing the whole check out thing.
Is it possible to get smarter, "Flowers for Algernon" style? I certainly don't *feel* as dull as I once did. As for the narcissism....I don't think I am/have NPD. Maybe I never did. Who knows?
This situation is great for me (except for the whole attempt at committment...that was kind of scary), but the irony is so intense, I just had to share.