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Professionals Should Talk About Trump’s Mental Health

Some argue that professionals shouldn’t talk about Trump’s mental health, mostly comparing him to anyone else. For example, I wouldn’t want, nor would I think it was appropriate, for a mental health professional to make judgments about my mental health based solely on my public actions. But then again, I’m not The President of the United States. And that makes the situation just a wee bit different. It’s because of this that professionals should openly talk about Trump’s mental health and fitness as a president.

Mental Health and a President’s Public Actions

Again, the difference between my public actions and The President’s public actions is that my life is not on display 24 hours a day – his is. I do not sign my beliefs into extensive numbers of Executive Orders. I do not make copious speeches to The Nation. My actions cannot possibly cause a worldwide catastrophe because I refuse to bow to basic social mores.

No matter what I do, I do not put lives in danger – The Present can do this every, single day.

The Public Deserves to Know About The President’s Mental Health If It Affects Job Performance

Some say talking abut Trump's mental health is inappropriate, but this writer argues that mental health professionals need to talk about Trump's mental health.For example, if it was proposed that Trump had depression, I really couldn’t care less. While I have no doubt that any medical condition would affect The President, in my opinion, simple depression generally doesn’t affect someone’s job fitness.

Narcissistic personality disorder, on the other hand, is a mental health condition that absolutely affects job fitness as a president.

In the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), narcissistic personality disorder is defined as comprising a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), a constant need for admiration and a lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by the presence of at least five of the following nine criteria

  • A grandiose sense of self-importance
  • A preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
  • A belief that he or she is special and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people or institutions
  • A need for excessive admiration
  • A sense of entitlement
  • Interpersonally exploitive behavior
  • A lack of empathy
  • Envy of others or a belief that others are envious of him or her
  • A demonstration of arrogant and haughty behaviors or attitudes

I’ll let you and professionals decide whether President Donald Trump has exhibited the characteristics required for the above diagnosis. What I can say is that if he did, it would certainly impede his performance as The President of the United States.

If President Trump Is Mentally Ill, Professionals Need to Talk About It

I know that mental health professionals have a rule about diagnosing people who are not their patients. They have an agreement that states they shouldn’t do that. I get that. And if mental health professionals started diagnosing pop stars and actors, that would be careless and useless, but these people don’t have the keys to nuclear missiles.

So I get it, people don’t want professionals to diagnose others with incomplete information; but I would suggest that President Trump has been in the spotlight for so long and so much, that the information needed to make certain diagnoses is complete. So professionals absolutely should be talking about Trump’s mental health because the public has a right to assess his fitness to lead a nation.

Check out Natasha Tracy’s book: Lost Marbles: Insights into My Life with Depression & Bipolar and connect with her on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter or at Bipolar Burble, her blog.

Image by By Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Author: Natasha Tracy

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16 thoughts on “Professionals Should Talk About Trump’s Mental Health”

  1. I think it is unethical for anybody to diagnose somebody regardless of their public role. The same about NPD could be applied to numerous examples of Obama and his thin skin and constant need for admiration-does a baseless Nobel Peace Prize ring a bell. So please, stop with the armchair psychiatry! By the way, I have unsubscribed from any emails from this site due to the clearly biased nonsense of this article. Goodbye.

  2. Natasha

    Technically you may not have offered your diagnosis, by cleverly side stepping the issue, but clearly you have offered a strong opinion of what you believe is true of Trump’s mental state. Why else would you have choose to draw attention the to DSM’s description of Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

    Lets just say for the sake of argument that Trump does have NPD, all you’re doing is perpetuating the stigma of mental illness by all your crazy talk. As one who suffers from a mental illness I expected better of you

    You also seem to have forgotten that more than 1/2 of all Americans voted this president into office and therefore have confidence in his ability to run the country

    You on the other hand are Canadian, so what business is it of yours?

  3. Far away psychiatrization of Trump’s mental health condition, it is put on the necessity to explore professionally everyone mental statement, because it has got crucial impact on individual and public global wellbeing. Indeed mental health indicates foundation and prerequisite of functional life performances to each member of respective social network. In addition, mental structure of any person predict the place and role of individual to oneself social milieu. These and many others prerogatives of mental condition exhibit radical outlook to this sensible issue with meaningful influence to personal, occupational and social activities. But, there are many socio-cultural barriers to spoken openly on this anathema. The first one is obstinate stigma on mental health v.s. illness, that impedes essentially the functional promotion and affirmation of mental heath care, as a whole complex medical, psychological and social undertaking. It exist still a lot of public prejudices and misunderstanding on mental health that complicate and make impossible up to date psychiatric treatment and management of any mental disorder. They, also undervalued the significance of prevention of any mental disorder with numerous biopsychosocial implications. In reference to mental health statement of public persons, such is president of USA, it may to say that in function of universal interest is to exclude any mental deficit to each nominated candidate for public duty. In question is its ability and responsibility to perform successfully its daily functions. Otherwise, we as humane population would be display to many dangerous risk for worldwide welfare and international peace and understanding, as well.

  4. The USA is not a communist country, it’s a democracy. The people who voted President Trump in have to take some responsible for the outcome. Since 1 in 4 Americans suffer from a mental illness that means 1/4 of the population (including Trump???) is “crazy” and the other 3/4 are not.

    Trump is a billionaire. He knows how to successfully run an organization. Since the USA people pretty much stuck with him now for the next 4 years at least Trump a chance. He doesn’t work alone. He has many advisors

    Seriously, what was the alternative?

    Former President Bill Clinton was impeached (and later acquitted). The USA people voiced their trepidation by not electing his wife Hilary, who was involved in an email scandal of her own

    So what recourse do you have now with President Trump except maybe to impeach him?

    Impeachment is a process in which an official is accused of unlawful activity, the outcome of which, depending on the country, may include the removal of that official from office as well as criminal or civil punishment.

    Having a mental illness does not neccessarily make you a criminal or does it?

  5. People with a mental illness can be involuntarily hospitalized if they are a danger to themselves or others. Have you ever heard of someone with a narcissistic personality disorder ever being hospitalized. Ummm NO, neither have I

    Trump’s personality hasn’t prevented him from becoming a successful billionaire or even raising well adjusted kids. So what make you so sure he can’t successfully lead a country?

    A few past presidents have been impeached for criminal activity, such as Bill Clinton (who was later acquitted). Do you think Trumps perceived mental illness makes him criminally insane and therefore impeachable?

  6. The president’s health, mental or physical, is a matter of national concern. Everybody gets ill. The question is can the ill person do his or her job. If the illness is polio that cripples the legs and the job is president, the answer is yes. If the illness is a stroke that cripples the brain and the job is president, the answer is no. We’ve had presidents with both conditions. In today’s world, a president stricken as Wilson was would give way to his vice president. Can someone with narcissistic personality disorder handle the strains of the presidency? I think not. Can someone who may not have NPD but gives every indication of having NPD handle the strains of the presidency. Again, no.

    Commenter “What business . . . ” writes that more than half of Americans voted Trump into office, so that assertion alone calls into question anything else the commenter writes. Significantly fewer than half of Americans voted for this man. Our president has never been elected by a national popular vote.

    Everyone on the planet is concerned about who the American president is because America has had a preeminence in world affairs. The country has been a world leader. Trump and his adherents are doing a good job of undermining that position.

  7. Perhaps you should listen to President Trumps full speech to congress on Feb 28, 2017. He sounds pretty sane to me

  8. The following is an example of other world leaders who have also been accused of having a mental illness (mostly of a narcissist personality disorder)

    Fidel Castro (Cuba)
    Saddam Hussain (Iraq)
    Pol Pot (Cambodia)
    Joseph Stalin (Soviet Union)
    Adolf Hitler (Germany)
    Kim Jong Il (North Korea)
    Idi Amin Dada (Uganda)
    Momar Khadafi (Libya)

    Can you honestly say that Trump is
    as crazy or dangerous as any of these?

  9. An interesting little tidbit. Did you know that President Trumps grandmothers last name was Christ?

    In some Christian circles comments have been made that perhaps President Trump is the Anti Christ

    Even Pope Frances said in reference to President Trump that a man who builds walls instead of bridges is not a Christian

    God bless America! You’re gonna need all the help you can get

  10. The position of POTUS is regarded as the highest seat in the land, a person who leads the free world. This man brings anxiety to a whole new level, of course people should consider his mental abilities. Running a damn company is one thing but to be responsible for the entire future of a large nation/the globe is something else. America you need to take a good look at Trump and those around him and ask are they really serving for the good of the country.

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