3 Dec 2007
PYSCHOPATHIC OR PSHYCHOTIC A QUESTION OF THE CORRECT LABEL
I have just been reading the DE forum and notice "2345" keeps telling us the McCanns are psychotic. Psyhcosis means serious delusional beliefs associated with serious mental illness such as schizophrenia (where a person typically hears voices) or bipolar disorder /manic depression - extreme mood swings where a person can also become psychotic. This should not be confused with the type of behaviour typically associated with by Kate and Gerry McCann - a complete lack of empathy, manipulative, controlling, inflated sense of self etc. This is the type of behaviour exhibited by a psychopath. Psychopathy is not a mental illness - it is a personality disorder. It can be caused by specific brain defects at birth or extreme home circumstances e.g. a complete lack of love, violent/sexual abuse arresting emotional development. Narcissm is also a personality disorder also possibly associated with Kate McCann in particular. With this type of personality disorder it can be difficult to distinguish the symptoms from the mental illness, bipolar disorder and hence some people think she may suffer from this. There is clear suggestion Kate McCann does have mental ill health eitiher bipolar or another form of depression. It is perfectly possible for people to have both a personality disorder and mental illness. It does not seem to me that Gerry McCann has any form of mental illness - he copes with far too much to say this is likely. Kate on the other hand does not. There have been clear suggestions from both Gerry and his sister she could not cope with her children alone. I hope if you are reading this, 2345 you will now appreciate the difference in terms.