Forget bipolar or depressed, your problem is 'mishegas,' psychiatry parody shows

( Jewish authors Jay Neugeboren, Michael B. Friedman, MSW, and Lloyd I. Sederer, MD have published a parody of the American Psychiatric Association’s “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM5).” The parody, “The Diagnostic Manual of Mishegas (DMOM),” released in April 2013, divided all mental disorders featured in the DSM5 into two categories, mishegas major and mishegas minor.

Click photo to download. Caption:  Jewish authors  published a parody of the 5th edition of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders," just recently released, using yiddish terms to reclassify disorders. “The Diagnostic Manual of Mishegas (DMOM)” was  released in April 2013. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

“Mishegas is the Yiddish word for crazy, but much kinder and gentler. We're all a little mishugah. As Gershem Orwell wrote in his book Funny Farm, "All men and women aremishugah, but some men and women are more mishugah than others,” the authors told the Huffington Post.

The authors further divided each category into humerous subcategories like yenta, spilkes minor, shnorrer, dementia-with-benefits, and more.

“Who can understand the hundreds of diagnostic categories in the DSM, phenomenological subgroups and course specifiers… But… Yiddish is a time-honored source of wisdom into the vicissitudes of human emotion. Just as an Inuit has 40 words for snow, so Yiddish has even more words for the forms of mishegas, as you will see in the DMOM,” they added.


Posted on May 13, 2013 .