Full text of Dutch professor of psychiatry and epidemiology, Jim van Os on Connecting to Madness at TEDxMaastricht conference.
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Actually, the main selection criterion for the TED Talk is that you have to be slightly crazy. And I distinctly remember that I wanted to say something important about it, but I’m getting a little confused because, you sir, I saw you touching your glasses just now. Whilst at the same time, the lady over there was distinctly scratching her nose. I saw you… And there is something going on between the two of you, some sort of communication. And I distinctly get an impression that you want to ruin my TED Talk. Is that true?
So, maybe some of you start to worry a little bit about my mental health. And maybe after my TED Talk you want to take me to the local hospital for a psychiatric assessment.
Now, let’s imagine, I tell the psychiatrist that apart from these delusional thoughts I’m also hearing voices. And that I haven’t been functioning very well for the last six months. By telling this, I will meet, likely, criteria for one of these, so called “schizo” diagnoses. Let’s say I meet criteria for schizophrenia, which is the prototypical diagnostic formulation for madness.