Friday, December 11, 2015

This is how a psychologist cured my schizophrenia. Not.

So this psychologist in a bar approaches me and says, "Dave, you're kind of funny. You should become a comedian."

So I followed his advice and morphed myself into me: Safety Pat the Proud Schizophrenic Clown! Now I know it's the whole entire world that's mad, mad, mad, mad, mad! I'm not crazy! I'm the only normal one! Case closed! Shred my psychiatrist's health insurance reimbursement documents about his case study of me! Take the shreds and rain my confetti on the very next gay pride clown parade here in Asbury Park, New Jersey!

No more shrinks! Let's fire my Behavior Change Team of eight, a half-dozen overpaid Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) dirty, rotten, egghead scoundrels and my uninformed-consenting Mommy and Daddy to the behavior change plans they impose upon my coconut brain! My best friend Alphabet Soup Ed can find me a quack to prescribe me medical marijuana as an alternative to antipsychotics! Yeah, that's the ticket. I'm cured, for good and for all! Right?

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