In Reply to: Berg and bi-polar disorder posted by Donny on March 15, 2003 at 10:08:57:
I think Berg's disorder potential has several possibilities: The problem I have with Bi-polar is that it does not explain a number of behviours.
1. Berg's more extreme behviours between manic and depressive points occured in conjunction with a long time use of alcohol and possibly other substance abuse. It could be argued that the symptoms displayed are the result of substance abuse.
DSM IV R notes re Bibolar 296.7 in criteria D&E.
D. The mood symptoms in Criteria A and B are not better accounted for by Schizoaffective Disorder and are not superimposed on Schizophrenia, Schizophrenifirm Disorder, Delusional Disorder, or Psychotic Disorder Not otherwise Specified.
E. The mood symptoms in Critieria A and B are not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance( e.g., a drug abuse, a medication or other treatment or a general medical condition( e.g., hyperthyrodism)
2. Bipolar would not explain Berg's long time practice of harmful manipulation of others ,criminal pedophilia, and other such negative behaviours.
3. Generally with BI-polar or Schizophrenia there are ongoing periods of deterioration throughout the onset periods (often from late teen to early adulthood and onward). When acute, the individual's ability to cope is notably impaired and they often require medical attention just to function on a daily basis. Berg's deterioration and inability to function was late onset with significant substance abuse present. As the above disorders are the result of a chemical imbalance I feel there is room to doubt they apply to Berg, particularly through to late middle age.
4. Berg's manipulativeness, lack of remorse or empathy, ongoing criminality, intense rage and egocentric perspective also seem to point more toward some type(s)of personality disorder(s).
It is, however, too bad Berg did not have a disorder that made him mute, blind and given to wandering off into the deeper parts of the ocean. It would have spared us all a great deal of pain.