Mental-health experts are sounding the alarm on President Donald Trump. British news outlet The Independent reported recently that a group of 350 psychiatrists and other professionals in the mental health field signed a petition addressed to Congress stating that Trump’s mental health is in jeopardy and is declining rapidly during the impeachment inquiry now in progress.
In a statement included with the petition, Yale psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee, former CIA profiler Dr. Jerrold Post, and George Washington University psychiatrist Dr. John Zinner addressed the president’s mental status, saying, “We are speaking out at this time because we are convinced that, as the time of possible impeachment approaches, Donald Trump has the real potential to become ever more dangerous, a threat to the safety of our nation.”
“We are speaking out at this time because we are convinced that, as the time of possible impeachment approaches, Donald Trump has the real potential to become ever more dangerous, a threat to the safety of our nation.”
The expressed their fears that “failing to monitor or to understand the psychological aspects” of this impeachment process on Trump “could lead to catastrophic outcomes.”
They included particular details they see highlighted in President Trump and why there is such cause for concern:
“What makes Donald Trump so dangerous is the brittleness of his sense of worth. Any slight or criticism is experienced as a humiliation and degradation. To cope with the resultant hollow and empty feeling, he reacts with what is referred to as narcissistic rage.
“He is unable to take responsibility for any error, mistake, or failing. His default in that situation is to blame others and to attack the perceived source of his humiliation. These attacks of narcissistic rage can be brutal and destructive.”
Dr. Lee stated to Business Insider that the number if signatures had actually reached 773 by the weekend. She stated that she and the other two psychiatrists who prepared the statement included with the petition were also ready and willing to discuss the matter with lawmakers.
Their statement continued, “We implore Congress to take these danger signs seriously and to constrain his destructive impulses. We and many others are available to give important relevant recommendations as well as to educate the public so that we can maximize our collective safety.”
Dr. Lee has been questioning Trump’s mental health since just after he took office and some considered it controversial, even claiming it violated the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Goldwater rule, which says that psychiatrists should not publicly speak on the mental health of public figures unless they have personally treated or examined them.
Lee negates claims that any rules are being violated. She cites a clause in the APA rules which calls psychiatrists “to educate the public when asked about a public figure, so that we may improve the community and better public health.”
Medical professionals are not the only ones questioning Trump’s mental health. An anonymous Trump administration official recently penned a book claiming that White House staff members are also concerned about the president’s mental decline. They said he “stumbles, slurs, gets confused, is easily irritated, and has trouble synthesizing information, not occasionally but with regularity.”
The Independent reported that Lee said she fully expected Republicans to dismiss the petition and say it was a partisan attack but she maintains that the petition is SERIOUS and prompted by observations and accounts of Trump’s behavior.
She said in particular he seems to be “ramping up his conspiracy theories” and “showing a great deal of cruelty and vindictiveness” in his “accelerated, repetitive tweets.”
“I believe that they fit the pattern of delusions rather than just plain lies.”Yale psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee