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Bar Exam Debriefing

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I’m fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) not all that close to taking the bar yet. In any event, the following definitions might be useful for anyone who has spent time in close proximity with a recent bar exam taker:

Brief Psychotic Disorder

  • The patient has at least one of the following that is not a culturally sanctioned response:
    • Delusions
    • Hallucinations
    • Speech that is markedly disorganized
    • Behavior that is markedly disorganized or catatonic
  • The patient has symptoms from 1 to 30 days and eventually recovers completely.
  • The symptoms are not due to a Mood Disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder.
  • This disorder is not directly caused by a general medical condition or the use of substances, including prescription medications.

With Marked Stressor(s). The stressors must appear to cause the symptoms, occur shortly before their onset and be severe enough that nearly anyone of that culture would feel markedly stressed.

The DSM-IV also contains this definition, which you may find useful to determine if you have unwittingly stumbled into the territory of a study group:

Shared Psychotic Disorder

  • Someone who is closely associated with a delusional person also develops a delusion.
  • The content of this new delusion is similar to that of the first person’s delusion.
  • The disorder is not explained better by another psychotic disorder, such as Schizophrenia or Mood Disorder with Psychotic Features.
  • This disorder is not directly caused by a general medical condition or the use of substances, including prescription medications.

I also hope everyone had designated drivers because there is apparently such a thing as a “law alcohol level” in which consumption of mnemonics in excess impairs motor coordination and impulse control, at least from what I witnessed.

Some posts from survivors around the blogosphere – Anastasia is finally free. LagLiv entertained herself with the ‘desperation google searches‘ that brought people to her blog. Divine Angst is human again. David Lat hosts an open thread at Above the Law; consider it group therapy.

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