NAFODNo Apparent Fear Of Death
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* NAFOD candidate must show no signs of mania, psychosis, compulsivity regularly;
* Must not have recurrent and/or intrusive negative recollections of 'NAFOD' episodes;
Because 'NAFOD' is only a hypothesis, there are still a great number of alternative diagnoses that share diagnostic criteria with the theoretical criteria accompanying No Apparent Fear of Death.
With the understanding that both disorders [Cyclothemia and Schizoaffective Disorder] present with common 'NAFOD' traits of recklessness and a general ambiguity and ambivalence to risk, Schizoaffective Disorder would also be an extremely difficult disorder to hide, if even for only the two week [minimum] period suggested in the diagnostic criterion unless the patient began showing symptoms while on personal leave which, again, would still suggest that a responsible third party would recognize a dangerous pattern of behavior and take appropriate action.
'NAFOD' it seems, is best explained not by characteristics it shares with other disorders but in fact, the characteristics it does not.
To suggest that 'NAFOD' is, with an unparalleled amount of surety a ground breaking, novel diagnosis worth exploring for clinical use is an overstatement of great proportions but, to suggest that there is enough empirical evidence to expound on the theory for practical usage is not.