How Curbing Your Enthusiasm Has Been Used to Treat Schizophrenia

After Roberts and his colleagues released excerpts from Calm your enthusiasm to their schizophrenic patients, the researchers conducted a group discussion in which the patients analyzed where Larry had gone wrong and how he could have behaved more appropriately. Eventually, Roberts and his advisor David Penn began developing this method into a formalized set of practices called Social Cognition and Interaction Training, or SCIT for short.

However, the researchers ran into a problem in their quest to allow a doctor to prescribe episodes of Curb to treat mental illness – they couldn’t get the rights to the show. Despite numerous pleas, they never received approval from HBO to use the award-winning semi-improvised sitcom in a clinical setting. This forced Roberts and Penn to take matters into their own hands – producing and filming original scenes written to mimic the outbursts and social mistakes that Larry David would make.

This means that a large educational institution has funded the creation of a counterfeit Calm your enthusiasm for treating schizophrenia and circumventing copyright laws. Sometimes life is the real sitcom.

SCIT was a success, and in the years since the original New Yorker article was written, its methodology has been published in textbooks, translated into seven different languages ​​and implemented in ten different countries around the world. David L. Roberts went on to earn his Ph.D. at UNC Chapel Hill and currently teaches at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center.

There’s something beautiful and poetic about the reality that Larry David’s many neuroses have allowed him to create a TV show so amazing it wouldn’t just be clear an innocent man on death rowbut also that it would be used to treat some of the most difficult and tragic conditions known to mankind.

Said Larry when he learned of his show’s role in the success of SCIT, “Most of the time, it’s just me expressing myself freely. I knew my own mental health was problematic, but should I be worried? I mean, I explode too! Is it something that hasn’t been diagnosed? Should I see a clinical psychologist?

Frankly, Larry? Most likely.

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