Defining Bonnie Combs

January 30, 2014

Bonnie Combs has publicly admitted to having schizophrenia. However, we think the scope of her mental health is much larger than just that and includes not only schizophrenia but also pseudologia fantastica (compulsive lying disorder), psychosis and sociopathy. Read more of the disorders and related symptoms below and you tell us if you don't think they accurately describe miss Bonnie Combs or "Chretienne Ouelette", "Christine Armstrong", "Jamie Vaughn" and "Pixie Maguire" as she likes to go by on the internet.

Pseudologia Fantastica: The technical term for compulsive lying, which may also be referred to as mythomania. Compulsive lying is characterized as lying completely disproportionate to a particular situation. A person who constantly manufactures stories for no discernible reason may be experiencing pseudologia fantastica. The lies are believable and may have truthful elements. A compulsive liar is unlikely, for example, to lie about seeing a unicorn.

The lying continues for a long period of time and is not caused by some immediate pressure or stress. The lies tend to present the liar in a positive light. The lies have an internal, rather than an external, motivation.



Schizophrenia: A challenging disorder that makes it difficult to distinguish between what is real and unreal, think clearly, manage emotions, relate to others, and function normally. Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that affects the way a person acts, thinks, and sees the world. People with schizophrenia have an altered perception of reality, often a significant loss of contact with reality. They may see or hear things that don’t exist, speak in strange or confusing ways, believe that others are trying to harm them, or feel like they’re being constantly watched. With such a blurred line between the real and the imaginary, schizophrenia makes it difficult—even frightening—to negotiate the activities of daily life. In response, people with schizophrenia may withdraw from the outside world or act out in confusion and fear.

Symptoms of schizophrenia include: social withdrawal, hostility or suspiciousness, deterioration of personal hygiene, flat, expressionless gaze, inability to cry or express joy, inappropriate laughter or crying, depression, oversleeping or insomnia, odd or irrational statements, forgetful; unable to concentrate, extreme reaction to criticism, strange use of words or way of speaking delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, disorganized behaviour, and the so-called “negative” symptoms.



Psychosis: A person with psychosis experiences some loss of contact with reality, characterized by changes in their way of thinking, believing, perceiving and/or behaving. People with psychosis may have one or more of the following: hallucinations, delusions, catatonia, or a thought disorder. Impairments in social cognition also occur.



Sociopathy: A complex personality disorder. Sociopaths exhibit a wide variety of maladaptive behaviour. Sociopathy is not one trait; it is a syndrome—a cluster of related symptoms. Symptoms of sociopathy include: lib and superficial, egocentric and grandiose, lack of remorse or guilt, lack of empathy, deceitful and manipulative, shallow emotions, impulsive, poor behaviour controls, need for excitement, lack of responsibility, early behaviour problems and adult antisocial behaviour.



We very much wanted to express how certain we are that Bonnie Combs also suffers from some sort of incest disorder considering she is constantly talking about incest (and child molestation) but were unable to find a distinct disorder relating to that.

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