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  1. I find it amusing that when citing you use the incorrect/ older version of the DSM. Currently the APA uses the DSM V. Also you are singling out possible behaviors/symptoms. You do understand most likely you will never know if a person has ASPD. You won't even have a clue, you will be oblivious. The prejudice is amazing, out of pure ignorance. Do do you also fear people that have PTSD because there is a possibility that severs cases can manifest at different times? You avoid them, you show prejudice against them out of ignorance. Night as as well avoid driving too, since your family are more likely to be killed in his activity you subject them to. You have fear without knowledge which is just ignorance. Because I am not remorseful of my actions I'm a bad person? You are making an assumption lotion that my actions would be something I would need to be remorseful about. It's true, I've never cried out of fear, out of emotional pain. Yet, that doesn't put you in any direct danger. I am not a predator, you are not my prey. I have never committed harm to someone praise of the legal scope covering my position. I'm a law abiding, tax paying citizen who just happens to perceive emotions in a different way. I have assimilated in a way you won't think I'm any different, just not a super friendly person to strangers. Most violent crimes are committed by people with out any mental illness/ psychiatric disorder. Where is the fear towards them? I understand you don't hold a degree or a profession where you would have vast knowledge about the topics that we have attempted to cover. instead of encoding on the emotional ride, how about research how we do adapt to normal society, how we are often no threat at all. Here is a very short read for you. This might shed some light on the normalcy of a persons life with ASPD. http://www.businessinsider.com/what-its-like-to-have-antisocial-personality-disorder-2014-4 I ironically enough have a B.S in Psychology as well as being a paramedic. This year I have also submitted applications to Medical School and have had one interview. I am productive inspite of being a little different from other people.
  2. I still don't understand why it is scary? I asked why it is scary and you reply with it "is just scary" I was hoping for a more informed answer and not the same word being used over and over with no backing as to why you have they feeling. Why is it "scary" as you put it? I had no specific thoughts about my diagnosis. I am who I am, and this is my normal. This is not a situation where I feel bad and then a mental health professional tells me what I have and how it can be fixed. There is no relief as there is nothing to be relieved from. When I need my car fixed, I don't care if the mechanic truly cares about my car. My car is an object that I own in which facilitates my life to become easier in many aspects. A person is no more than a machine. We even use the term "mechanical" in reference to different "mechanisms" in our body. So, as a provider I ensure that I do my best to address these issues. There is no requirement for attachment,feelings or other emotions in the field. These are subjected upon people so the patient "feels" they are being treated to a proper level, we know that how a patient feels about the treatment and the actual treatment can be completely different. You may question my motives for this thread. It needs to be clear that a stigma associated with any form of psychiatric condition may not be warranted. Patient care can be altered from a vast array of factors only one is of a psychiatric disorder. I understand that there are not many people like me, but there may be more than you are aware of, maybe even someone you know or come into contact with. You most likely will never know, because it doesn't effect the aspect of their life you see.
  3. My company and coworkers do not know. Also, they never will. I do what I can't blend in but a few know I am not like them but they don't know how or why. Ruffneister, you state it is "scary" how is it scary? I believe that people who put emotions into the mix are scary. They have the simple ability to neglect the physical,mechanical aspect of a human being. I can never see it how you do. TV shows violence,anger or malicious activity with people with a similar type of diagnosis.
  4. We all know running jokes about how we must all be crazy to do this job. There is a little truth in that to some degree. There is a stigma about working with a mental illness and how you can be judged for it. Does anyone have a mental illness? if so, how has it changed you as an EMS professional? Since know one truly knows who i am, I can tell you a little bit about me and my current situation. I have been diagnosed with Anti-social Personality disorder. I have a both psychopathic and sociopathic tendencies. Usually a person has one or the other but this isn't always the case, and the severity is also monitored. Years beck it was "you're a psychopath" then it was moved under the ASPD umbrella, and now there are two distinct categories" psychopath, and sociopath." well the line are being blurred once again with people like me. I am not violent, or harmful to anyone and for the most part you would never think I have ASPD unless you truly know me on a personal level. Which honestly, most people I encounter will only get to know the version of "me" that I portray to them. This diagnosis is somewhat related to Borderline personality disorder but with a lot of twists. So how can I work in a job that requires empathy or sympathy often? Well a person can fake it basically. Times arise when I have to put on a sad or happy face and basically show feelings I don't actually have. When I deal with patients in a very bad state of physical being I just don't get sad. It's who I am. I've been around child decapitations from car accidents and yes, even the rare grandma feels sick or dealing with cancer patients. I have the natural instinct to view humans as machines. Machines have problems eventually, no matter what you do to care for them. We all die and we can attempt to delay death but we all die. This is an inevitable part of being mortal. So, I try to be the best mechanic that I can and it all feels like one big puzzle. I have "X" amount of time to put as many pieces together as I can so I can make an estimation of the puzzle image. My diagnosis doesn't inhibit me form providing patient care. I was once told a quote that has always stuck with me, many people may disagree with it but many will also agree even if they wont admit it. "If I care for you, you think I care about you" So does anyone else have a behavioral/psychiatric diagnosis?
  5. lifts that use multiple joints/muscle groups. deadlifts,squats,cleans,pullups,pushups, running,stair climber,rower.
  6. the journey is more rewarding than many people realize. When you get to the position you are happy with you will have so many experience to look back on. It's great you have goals. "goals without timelines are just dreams"
  7. Well a lot of paramedics to eventually become RN's. As people age and priorities shift in life you never know where it will lead you. I'm currently a paramedic and in nursing school. There are so many options for you, especially once you get your "P"
  8. m3dic911


    I would like to introduce myself. I am an Army veteran. While spending 5 years in the military I was unfortunately hurt a few times. I spent my time in SOCOM and became close friends with many medics. These medics were far from ordinary in their skill sets. They motivated me to get my EMT-B at the end of my enlistment. I got my EMT-B in 2011 and in 2013 I got my paramedic. I did a fast track 4 month long program which was actually very nice and fit my style of learning(let the debates ensue). I have been working as a non-emergent paramedic and critical care paramedic for the past 8 months. This is actually my first job. I know it's a big leap but a company had faith in me. I didn't have experience but I have a solid foundation of education behind me and I always study and attempt to improve. Having a college degree and many different health science classes completed. I'm currently halfway through a FP-C program. I have experience flying in rotary wing aircraft which is always a plus. I'm also currently in Nursing school as well. Yes, I know I'm all over the place and my plate is always full. Who needs a personal life anyways? Give me a solid hour of gym time each day, that's all I ask for. My ultimate goal is to become a CRNA, that will be a few years down the line. I'm here to learn,giveback and network.
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