Time for Trump’s mental checkup


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❝ Two years after organizing a conference at Yale about how mental health professionals could warn the public ethically and effectively, our predictions have borne out to be true: Donald Trump in the office of the presidency has proven more dangerous than people suspected, has grown more dangerous by the day, and, without proper treatment, is becoming increasingly uncontainable.

People feel overwhelmed and helpless, and I wish now to say that there are things we can do. To know when to embark on a journey, we need meteorologists to tell us when a storm is coming and when it is safe to travel. To ensure that the captain is sharp and able, we need mental health professionals to examine signs that are in need of a check-up. What feels daunting to the general public is routine for the experts.

❝ So why would we not call upon mental health professionals now, especially when many of us are saying that avoiding an evaluation is itself a sign of mental impairment?

And it is only one of many signs.

I’ll second that emotion!

3 thoughts on “Time for Trump’s mental checkup

  1. Emperor Norton says:

    “Democrats are planning to host a Capitol Hill event featuring psychiatrists who will warn that President Trump is unfit for office based on his mental health.” (Washington Examiner 6/5/19) https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/healthcare/democrats-plan-capitol-hill-event-to-put-trumps-mental-health-under-fire “The event will be led by Dr. Bandy Lee, a Yale School of Medicine psychiatrist and editor of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump”, a book that argues psychiatrists have a responsibility to warn the public when a president is dangerous. The position is controversial because psychiatric associations urge members never to diagnose patients they haven’t personally evaluated, saying it undermines the scientific rigor of the profession.
    But Lee and others who agree with her stance say that their description of the president’s behavior, of his showing mental instability and dangerousness, shouldn’t be interpreted as issuing a diagnosis.
    “The president’s condition has been visibly deteriorating to the point where there’s a lot of talk right now about his mental state beyond mental health professionals,” Lee said. “It no longer takes a mental health professional to recognize the seriousness of the current presidency.””
    [“The Washington Examiner is an American political journalism website and weekly magazine based in Washington, D.C. It is owned by MediaDC, a subsidiary of Clarity Media Group, which is owned by Philip Anschutz. The Examiner is known for its conservative political stance and features many prominent conservative writers.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Examiner ]

  2. Update says:

    “Trump’s behavior this week has been so bizarre that psychologists, Republicans and ex-staffers are telling me they’re worried” Andrew Feinberg, The Independent (UK) https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/trump-pelosi-psychologists-syria-erdogan-bizarre-behavior-republicans-a9162396.html
    “…While congressional Republicans may be surprised to discover that Trump’s present grip on reality seems tenuous at best, it’s no surprise to Dr Bandy Lee, an assistant clinical professor at the Yale School of Medicine and the editor of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump”, which contains essays from 27 mental health professionals on the “clear and present danger” posed by The Donald’s mental health (or lack thereof).
    “It’s gotten to the point where you don’t have to be a doctor to see there’s something seriously wrong here,” Lee told me, adding that the decline into instability many are now observing in Trump was actually made inevitable by his ascent to the presidency. “Such mental instability in a position of power would eventually get worse because of rising expectations after the taste of power with the constraints of reality catching up with them.”
    Lee and the other experts she’s worked with joined more than 200 mental health professionals in signing a letter to members of Congress, in which they warned that “the unfolding of an impeachment inquiry raises the specter of President Trump feeling threatened in ways he never has before.”
    “We also should not ignore the president’s ability to initiate a conflict with other countries in order to distract from his political troubles, perhaps with the hope of rallying the country around him, as often happens at the beginning of armed conflict,” they wrote in the letter, which is dated October 3, three days before Trump ordered US special forces to leave their Kurdish allies behind.
    “What happened over the last week is the result of his irrational decision-making under increasing pressures,” she said to me. ”He will make decisions without heeding advice, he will not be able to take in facts, he will be impulsive in his decision-making, he will not be able to make sound reality-based decisions… That’s all we’ve seen over the last week and a half.”

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