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Anthony Scaramucci’s ‘Paranoid Schizophrenia’ comment derogatory for those with mental illness

Posted on 08-03-2017 Posted in Mental Health, Mental Illness, Schizophrenia - 0 Comments

Anthony Scaramucci’s ‘Paranoid Schizophrenia’ comment derogatory for those with mental illness

Following an explosive interview with a New Yorker journalist on July 26, 2017, Anthony Scaramucci, the now ex-communications director of the Trump administration, was fired on Monday, July 31, 2017. Unhappy over the alleged leak of a dinner that he attended at the White House, Mr. Scaramucci threatened to fire the entire White House communications team. In the interview with the newspaper journalist, he even went to the extent of calling Reince Priebus, the former White House Chief of Staff, a “paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac” and added that he wanted to “kill all the leakers.”

Widely criticized for unleashing explosive comments against both Mr. Priebus and Steve Bannon, the chief strategist, Mr. Scaramucci was fired on the spot by the now Chief of Staff John Kelly. The decision to remove him was supported by both Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, President Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, respectively. According to reports, President Trump was unhappy with the phone call between Mr. Scaramucci and the New Yorker reporter in which he called Mr. Priebus a “f***king paranoid schizophrenic.” Post his dismissal, Sarah Sanders, the White House spokeswoman told the reporters, “The president certainly felt that Anthony’s comments were inappropriate for a person in that position.”

Comment encourages stigma

At a time when every possible attempt is being made to reduce the stigma associated with mental health, such comments from those in power, come as a rude shock. The use of inappropriate language and using such serious illnesses so casually runs the risk of belittling such problems. While those who suffer from mental illness often have to constantly fight their inner turmoil and persistent symptoms; the stigma associated with the disease, using mental illness as a way to ridicule or make fun of others, tends to double their sufferings. In addition to creating a barrier separating them from non-sufferers, it adds to the existing shame and humiliation and is likely to affect the individual’s overall well-being and acceptance in the community.

Paranoid schizophrenia is the most common form of schizophrenia

A chronic and severe mental health disorder, schizophrenia affects about one percent of the American population and is characterized by a combination of behavioral, cognitive, and emotional dysfunctions and deficiency in social, self-care and vocational areas of functioning. As the disease manifests with multiple symptoms involving one’s perception, thought, behavior and emotion, when left untreated, schizophrenia can lead to aggression, social isolation, motor impairments, depressed mood and sensory integration problems.

The most common of the many sub-types of schizophrenia, paranoid schizophrenia, is characterized by the presence of auditory hallucinations or prominent delusional thoughts about persecution and conspiracy. Though people affected by the illness appear to lead normal lives, they do not exhibit symptoms until late in life and have often achieved a higher level of functioning before the onset of their symptoms. Making one unreasonably suspicious of other people, paranoid delusions can make it hard for one to hold a job, maintain friendships, perform routine errands and even go to a doctor.

Road to recovery

A leader among the nation’s schizophrenia residential treatment centers, Sovereign Health of Florida offers evidence-based behavioral treatment programs for both men and women affected by mental illnesses, including schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia disorder treatment at our state-of-the-art treatment facilities comprises a combination of medications, psychotherapy, alternative therapies and counseling. For more information on our holistic mental health treatment programs or to locate our state-of-the-art treatment centers near you, call our 24/7 helpline number. You can even chat online with our representatives for further assistance.

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