The Diagnostic Manual of Mishegas (DMOM) is a delightful parody of the American Psychiatric Association’s “Bible of psychiatry,” the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). In this playful send-up of the DSM, the authors – all of whom are distinguished writers with deep roots in the field of mental health – cut through the hundreds of categories in the 1000-page D.S.M. by dividing all mental disorders into two realms: mishegas major and mishegas minor.
And for each of the sub-categories it analyzes, e.g., spilkes major (and spilkes minor), yenta, kvetch, alter kocker, shnorrer, dementia-with-benefits, etc., it provides light-hearted anecdotes that not only illustrate the diagnostic category, but also make you plotz with laughter. The DMOM will enable readers to transform ordinary tsuris and mishigas – the glooms, blues, angsts, and general chazzerie of their lives – into transcendent and easy-to-understand categories. It will turn kvetching into kvelling and guilt into gelt, so that readers will learn to live at peace with their inner mishegas and to treasure its precious and life-giving absurdities.
The DMOM is sure to keep readers laughing long after the last page is read.