27 experts warned us of Donald Trump's dangerous mental illness, and there's evidence to prove they could be right
This group of psychologists launched a book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, where they discuss the symptoms of Trump's mental illness. They felt it was their duty to warn the public of the impending danger in letting a mentally ill man lead the country.
A bunch of psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health experts met at Yale University earlier this year to discuss Donald Trump's mental health. It looks like they knew something that is becoming very apparent to many now.
Despite the reactions by Trump's followers, including a few in the medical community, the group headed by Bandy X. Lee has now published a book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, to document their conclusions: Donald Trump is mentally ill and dangerous to the nation and individuals.
Since the days of the campaign, Trump's choice of words, volatile reactions, racist and sexist slurs, and personal attacks on anyone he perceived as a threat triggered a lurking question "What's wrong with him?" In the book, 27 mental health experts discuss not just Trump's personality traits and eccentricities, but also a list of symptoms that suggest a mental illness, which could possibly reveal a complex, "mad, dangerous man" in the president.
Lee's letter to the New York Times summarizes their concern:
I am the editor of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.” We represent a much larger number of concerned mental health professionals who have come forward to warn against the president’s psychological instability and the dangers it poses. We now number in the thousands.
We are currently witnessing more than his usual state of instability — in fact, a pattern of decompensation: increasing loss of touch with reality, marked signs of volatility and unpredictable behavior, and an attraction to violence as a means of coping. These characteristics place our country and the world at extreme risk of danger.
Ordinarily, we carry out a routine process for treating people who are dangerous: containment, removal from access to weapons and an urgent evaluation. We have been unable to do so because of Mr. Trump’s status as president. But the power of the presidency and the type of arsenal he has access to should raise a greater alarm, not less.
We urge the public and the lawmakers of this country to push for an urgent evaluation of the president, for which we are in the process of developing a separate but independent expert panel, capable of meeting and carrying out all medical standards of care.
A campaign asking for President Trump to be removed from office on the grounds of mental instability is being led by Dr. John Gartner. An online petition for the campaign to the president's Cabinet states:
“We the undersigned mental health professionals … believe in our professional judgment that Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President of the United States. And we respectfully request he be removed from office, according to article 4 of the 25th amendment to the Constitution, which states that the president will be replaced if he is ‘unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.’”
Gartner is so sure that President Trump is mentally ill that he said: “I would bet my life of my children on it… that’s how confident I am.”
According to John Gartner, Trump possibly suffers from "malignant narcissism” which is defined as a mix of narcissism, antisocial personality disorder, aggression, and sadism. Dr. Julie Futrell, a clinical psychologist, told The New York Daily News, “Narcissism impairs his (Trump's) ability to see reality so you can't use logic to convince him.
Those who challenge Gartner's views criticize the group to have breached the Goldwater rule, which requires psychologists and psychiatrists to refrain from labeling public figures with medical terms without having personally diagnosed them. However, Gartner's answer lies in one of the chapter titles of the book: The Issue is Dangerousness, not Mental Illness. As mental health practitioners, they felt bound by their "duty to warn" the public and that it would, in fact, be unethical not to warn the public of the impending danger.
Here are some of the key diagnostic terms linked to Donald Trump since his campaign:
1. Narcissist, narcissistic personality disorder, malignant (toxic) narcissism
2. Delusional and Paranoid
1. Narcissistic Personality Disorder
That Donald Trump is a narcissist would be an understatement. However, the symptoms he displays cross the line between narcissism as a personality trait and the disorder that categorizes someone as mentally ill. Narcissists have a flair to gain positions of power and know how to use that power. Other presidents who were perceived to be narcissists are Roosevelt, Nixon, and Kennedy. Trump meets every description of this personality trait. A narcissist:
- is often obnoxious, has a heightened sense of grandiosity, and feels superior to others.
(Trump: I'm really rich. I speak to a lot of people, but my primary consultant is myself.)
- has little or no empathy for the feelings, conditions, situations or plight of others.
(Trump: He's not a war hero . . . he was captured. I like people that weren't captured.)
- feels entitled to the best of everything and looks down on others.
(Trump: When you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p*##y.)
However, someone with a narcissistic personality disorder has no difficulty in exploiting others. Since he is barely self-aware, he feels no shame or remorse. A person is diagnosed with a narcissistic personality disorder when he crosses the line of personal responsibility due to his weak self-worth and extreme vulnerability to the slightest of criticism. They often have a very low threshold for feedback and high emotional reactivity.
His tweets suggest which side of the line he may lean toward.
2. Delusion and paranoia
Here are just a few staunch beliefs that Trump has continued to voice despite all factual evidence to the contrary:
- That his inauguration had the biggest crowd size in history
- That his New York office was bugged by President Obama
- That the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive
- That the murder rate in the US country is the highest it’s been in 47 years.
- That ISIS tried to attack him
Even before Trump became President, a group of professors from Harvard Medical School and the University of California remarked in a letter to the then President Obama: His widely reported symptoms of mental instability - including grandiosity, impulsivity, hypersensitivity to slights or criticism, and an apparent inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality - lead us to question his fitness for the immense responsibilities of the office.”
3. Other symptoms of toxic narcissism and paranoid disorder
A) Compulsive lying:
“Between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused me to lose the popular vote.”
"...when President Obama was there two weeks ago making a speech,... Two people were shot and killed during his speech. You can't have that.”
“How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process."
B) A sense of entitlement:
"I’m gonna get the bathing suits to be smaller and the heels to be higher." (His comment on Miss USA contestants)
C) Fantasies of unlimited power, brilliance, success:
"I alone can fix it."
"I think I can't do much better, right?"
D) Loss of touch with reality combined with grandiosity:
“I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
E) Requires excessive admiration:
They said it was the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning had won the Super Bowl.
"It's very hard for them to attack me on looks because I'm so good-looking."
"I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters."
G) Choice of words:
For others: Dummy, clown, dog, phony, dopey, failed, pathetic
For self: Great, best, best ever, the only one
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