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
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.
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Tracy, N. (2017, February 28). Professionals Should Talk About Trump’s Mental Health, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, June 19 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/breakingbipolar/2017/02/professionals-should-talk-about-trumps-mental-health
Author: Natasha Tracy
Advocates for people with mental illnesses know that this only increases the stigma of mental illness.
'Bad person' is different from 'mentally ill'. Conflating these two increases the stigma of mental illness. Natasha, you have tried to deflect the stigma of mental illness onto personality disorders. This is not helpful.
Trump is clearly an awful person, a misogynist, a liar, and so forth. Sure you can match up 'symptoms', if you're an amateur. Professionals know that there should not be any other reason or explanation for his behaviour for a diagnosis- but there is. His behaviour is deliberate and has made him successful.
Try to differentiate the politics from the apparent 'psychiatric condition'. You can't, because the politics are much bigger than that. Diagnosing Trump is like looking at the part without seeing the whole. The cat has four claws, if you only look at one leg.
Mental illness cannot account for terrorism, war, and genocide; yet people go around diagnosing Hitler in an attempt to explain these things.
There is a lot more to this situation, then whether Trump fits into a diagnosis of NPD or not. A lot more. Mental health professionals should stick to helping individuals, they should not use their paradigms to try to influence politics.
Find another way, to solve the problems in your country.
Regardless of his competition in the race, his fitness to hold office is a valid topic of discussion, as it is for every president.
Not that I wish anyone dead, but did you know that of the 4 American presidents that were assassinated, 3 were republican.
For anyone wanting to know what makes a man like Trump tick perhaps try reading one the following books
The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
By Joel Bakan
Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work
Paul Babiak, Ph.D.,
Without Conscience: The Disturbing World Of Psychopaths Among Us
By Robert D. Hare, Ph.D
Trump is a billionaire and you can safely bet he didn't get there by being nice.
It is said that money is power and is at the root of all evil. I find it ironic that some American money is stamped with the words "In God We Trust"
Satan (the embodiment of evil) is sometimes referred to in the bible as father of lies...
America is a rich and powerful country. Don't be fooled into believing it got that way by being nice!
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
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
Technically, I said that people should _talk_ about his mental illness and that's not the same thing as giving a diagnosis.
- Natasha Tracy