1. I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia (a debilitating psychotic mental illness) in February 1996 by Dimitrios Georgopoulos, MD at the George Washington University Medical Center. See Letter from Dimitrios Georgopoulos, MD, to Gary Freedman, dated February 14, 1996. (see comment to this post).
2. I wrote the following Brief on Appeal in May 1997:
I wrote the following Reply Brief in August 1997:
I was not on any medication when I wrote these appeal briefs. According to the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) I was disabled and unfit for employment throughout the year 1997. According to the SSA I became disabled and unfit for employment effective October 29, 1991 based on the sworn statements of Dennis M. Race, Esq. of the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, who alleged that he had determined, in consultation with a practicing psychiatrist, that I suffered from a psychiatric "disorder" ("ideas of reference") as of October 29, 1991. See Freedman v. DC Dept. Human Rights, D.C.C.A. 96-VC-961 (Sept. 1, 1998) (a pre-ADA case that found that an employer may lawfully terminate an employee who exhibits the psychiatric disorder "ideas of reference").
3. I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia again in February 1999 by Albert H. Taub, MD of the DC Dept. of Mental Health. See letter of Albert H. Taub, MD to the DC Medical Board, dated February 22, 1999 (see comment to this post).
Ideas of reference and delusions of reference involve people having a belief or perception that irrelevant, unrelated or innocuous phenomena in the world refer to them directly or have special personal significance. In psychiatry, delusions of reference form part of the diagnostic criteria for psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia, delusional disorder, or bipolar disorder during the elevated stages of mania.
Persons with ideas of reference may experience:
A feeling that people on television or radio are talking about or talking directly to them
Believing that headlines or stories in newspapers are written especially for them
Having the experience that people (often strangers) drop hints or say things about them behind their back
Believing that events (even world events) have been deliberately contrived for them, or have special personal significance for them
Seeing objects or events as being set up deliberately to convey a special or particular meaning
Thinking persons or groups of persons are plotting against them and that precautions must be taken to avert the threat