Meeting the Clinical Benchmark for Psychiatric Diagnosis: Easter Edition

I have been interested, of course, in the very best research on things like schizophrenia. I have admittedly been sympathetic to the Cognitive Behavioral Model simply because I think the evidence is strong in that direction.

Today is Easter and I am not a church.

This morning, I explained to someone that there are tons of things one can be diagnosed for and one of them is religiosity. Now, that’s not to say no one should attend church today or that of one goes to church every Sunday, one meets a clinical benchmark for religiosity. It’s simply to say that there are simply numerous things one can be diagnosed for and one of them is being overly or abnormally religious.

As I understand it, on the Cognitive Behavioral Model, there is typically bell curve of thoughts and behaviors. In the past, I have read the Cognitive Model of things like paranoia. One example that has been used in the literature is this: Imagine when you walk into a room and everyone becomes silent and have the thought: Were they just talking about me?

In this example, this is usually a normal, non-clinically diagnosable instance of paranoia. Things like paranoia exist, on the Cognitive Model, on a spectrum. Someone who has this thought, in all likelihood, does not meet the clinical benchmark for diagnosis.

When one gets Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, one tries to learn and apply the maxim nothing to excess.’

Onetries to live in the moment–not looking too much at the past and not gazing too much into the future. This is because people often worry a lot about both/either the past and future and this can cause anxiety, fear, worry and more.

Because of these things–and simply trying to be a normal, healthy adult–I decided to celebrate Easter today but not attend church. I will eat an Easter dinner with my family and that’s probably the extent I will celebrate. If you celebrate more than this, that’s totally fine. After all, I cannot and do not diagnose. This is simply the habit I fell into over the years.

However and whether you celebrate–and whether you meet the clinical benchmark for diagnosis or not–I hope you have a wonderful day.


Author: Jennifer Lawson

Philosopher. That is all.

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