Does Rei Ayanami have schizophrenia?

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Does Rei Ayanami have schizophrenia?

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Postby C. Smith » Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:08 pm

According to her Wikipedia page, Rei is categorized as having Schizophrenia. Additionally, Anno has admitted in an interview that he tried to make her a schizophrenic but couldn't. But let's see if Rei really has it, based on the DSM-V criteria (as outlined below).

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According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, (DSM-V), to meet the criteria for diagnosis of schizophrenia, the patient must have experienced at least 2 of the following symptoms:

A. Two (or more) of the following, each present for a significant portion of time during a 1-month period (or less if successfully treated):

(1) delusions

(2) hallucinations

(3) disorganized speech (e.g., frequent derailment or incoherence)

(4) grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior

(5) negative symptoms, i.e., affective flattening, alogia, or avolition

Note: At least two of the five symptoms must be present for at least one month. One of the two symptoms must be delusions, hallucinations, or disorganized speech.


B. Social/occupational dysfunction: For a significant portion of the time since the onset of the disturbance, one or more major areas of functioning such as work, interpersonal relations, or self-care are markedly below the level achieved prior to the onset (or when the onset is in childhood or adolescence, failure to achieve expected level of interpersonal, academic, or occupational achievement).


C. Duration: Continuous signs of the disturbance persist for at least 6 months. This 6-month period must include at least 1 month of symptoms (or less if successfully treated) that meet Criterion A (i.e., active-phase symptoms) and may include periods of prodromal or residual symptoms. During these prodromal or residual periods, the signs of the disturbance may be manifested by only negative symptoms or two or more symptoms listed in Criterion A present in an attenuated form (e.g., odd beliefs, unusual perceptual experiences).


D. Schizoaffective and mood disorder exclusion: Schizoaffective disorder and mood disorder with psychotic features have been ruled out because either (1) no major depressive, manic, or mixed episodes have occurred concurrently with the active-phase symptoms; or (2) if mood episodes have occurred during active-phase symptoms, their total duration has been brief relative to the duration of the active and residual periods.


E. Substance/general medical condition exclusion: The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition.


F. Relationship to a pervasive developmental disorder: If there is a history of autistic disorder or another pervasive developmental disorder, the additional diagnosis of schizophrenia is made only if prominent delusions or hallucinations are also present for at least a month (or less if successfully treated)
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Re: Does Rei Ayanami have schizophrenia?

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Postby Bhorium » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:05 am

The premise of slapping a human diagnosis on someone who is at least somewhat beyond human is questionable.
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Postby Reichu » Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:09 am

The Wikipedia claim is unsourced, so forget that. If they Announced statement does exist, I'm curious where it's from so I can look at the original wording.

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Postby Shamsiel-kun » Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:48 pm

My theory is that Rei is actually a heavy drinker of medicinal alcohol behind the scenes, who is very good at hiding it. Eva is us witnessing her Delirium tremens increasing from moderately benign to completely bonkers. Besides, the exact nature of the Rei-quarium fluid is not known to us. :emogendo:

TL;DR version: people should not try to diagnose animated characters (or long dead people for that matter) with <insert popular/favourite DSM disorder>. We had the "Rei has assburgers :nyao: /autism"-fad already in the past...
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