Thursday, September 16, 2010

Shrink demands disorder test

Here is the declaration that led to the order mentioned below. I have changed the names to protect the innocent.

I, FEIGN ACHES, PH.D., declare:

1. I have personal knowledge of the facts contained in this Declaratlon, and if called as a witness I could and would competently testify as indicated herein.

2. I am a practicing psychologist licensed in the state of California (CA lic. #Psy xxxx}. My business address is [omitted].

3. I have conducted more than a thousand evaluations including psychological and child custody evaluations for Family Court in Santa Clara County. My current curriculum vitae is attached to this Declaration.

4. I am familiar with the California statutes; rules, and professional standards that regulate conducting psychological and child custody evaluations.

5. I have reviewed and considered documents relating to the matter of Choosy and Badass (Santa Clara county Superior Court Case No. xxxxx) provided to me by Buster Badass through his attorney Dolly Molly and subsequently by Mr. Badass as pro se counsel relevant to the best interests of minor child Mike Badass (D0B xx/xx/01), including:
[list of documents omitted]

6. Based upon the information reviewed and considered, in my professional opinion the bases of Ms. See-the-son's recommendations are incomplete because an updated psychological evaluation of Olbe Choosy was not conducted. Ms. See-the-son did not have adequate information to determine if the Personality Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
(with Borderline, Narcissistic and Dependent features) diagnosed by Dr. Pushy nearly five years ago had ameliorated and/or no longer remained problematic for Ms. Choosy's ability to parent.

7. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual - Edition IV (DSM-IV) defines a personality disorder as an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable overtime, and leads to distress or impairment. Borderline Personality Disorder is a pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and is characterized by marked impulsivity. Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy. Dependent Personality Disorder is a pattern of submissive and clinging behavior related to an excessive need to be taken care of.

8. Personality Disorders do not typically ameliorate merely with time. Often intensive psychotherapy over a prolonged course of care is necessary to effectively treat these conditions. I have reviewed no information that indicates that Ms. Choosy has engaged in such treatment efforts or that her Personality Disorder has ameliorated.

9. Personality Disorders can negatively impact an individual's ability to appropriately and effectively parent a child or children. Personality Disorder features such as those identified by Dr. Pushy, including instability in relationships, marked impulsivity, grandiosity, lack of empathy, and excessive need to be taken care of can significantly impair parent-child relationships and raise the potential of health and safety issues. Such features can negatively impact a parent's ability to promote positive psychological development for a child.

10. There remains evidence to suggest that Personality Disorder continues to be an appropriate diagnosis for Ms. Choosy in that she demonstrated problems accepting supervision provided by Ms. Bitchy Bagboy of TLC.

11. Lack of an updated psychological evaluation with findings ruling out the presence of a Personality Disorder remains problematic towards gaining a full understanding of Ms. Choosy's current functioning and ability to parent without supervision and for more time.

12. Ms. See-the-son's recommendations appear flawed in that no provision is made for assessing and addressing the adequacy of Ms. Choosy's parenting once supervision is eliminated. Rather, Ms. See-the-son simply recommends time points at which supervision will be eliminated and parent-child visitation time will increase. These changes apparently would occur regardless of the reactions or adjustments of the child. Should the child experience adverse reactions to the changes, there is nothing in Ms. See-the-son's recommendations that permits for a determination as to what corrections should be implemented. A therapist is recommended to work with the "family", but no plan is detailed as to how to alter the course of visitation should problems occur. This arrangement seems to involve the child in a visitation experiment without proper precautions and means of adjustment.

13. For these reasons, I offer the following opinions:

a. Ms. Choosy should undergo an updated psychological evaluation to be conducted by Dr. Press (or another qualified mental health professional, if Dr. Pushy is unavailable) in order to determine whether Ms. Choosy still suffers from a Personality Disorder and if so, whether that illness could negatively impact the child's health and safety and positive psychological development.

b. The professional conducting the updated psychological evaluation offer further treatment recommendations as may be appropriate.

c. It is suggested that the professional who conducts the updated psychological evaluation consider administering the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III along with the other test instruments as used in the original evaluation. The Millon is noted for being especially useful in assessing Personality Disorders, characteristics, and traits.

d. Updated psychological evaluation of Mr. Badass does not appear indicated because no significant psychological problems were identified in Dr. Pushy's evaluation from nearly five years ago and there is no evidence that any have emerged since that time.

e. If the Court finds that problems associated with a Personality Disorder might negatively impact Ms. Choosy's ability to effectively care for her son and otherwise promote his positive psychological development, the Court may wish to consider continued supervision of mother-son visitation.

f. If supervision of mother-son visitation is eliminated, provisions be implemented to regularly assess the adjustment of the child to time spent with Ms. Choosy in the absence of supervision and for longer periods of time than previously permitted and to alter the visitation arrangement as needed in the best interests of the child.

I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed On May 13, 2010, at Campbell, California.

Feign Aches, Ph.D.
Calif Licensed Psychologist
California license #PSY xxxx
This is probably considered a strong declaration, but I believe that it is incompetent and irresponsible.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

the criteria for these so-called "disorders" are so subjective as to be useless. The boundaries of the disorder are delineated solely by the prejudices and so-called expert judgement of the shrink. Most of whom get into psychology to get over their own bulls..t. And then take it out on everyone else. Oh, and make a nice living out of it. You can see why law and psychology are merging closer and closer together with time, easier to control people when you can blur and interpret laws based on quack "science". And that's a "science" with ever changing and elastic definitions to suit the needs of the practitioner, not the immutable laws of physics.