It’s been clear to many folks with psychiatric and behavioral backgrounds (like myself) that 45 has been suffering from the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Dr’s have been taking flack for armchair quarterbacking the diagnosis.
Silence from the country’s mental health organizations has been due to a self-imposed dictum about evaluating public figures (the American Psychiatric Association’s 1973 Goldwater Rule). But this silence has resulted in a failure to lend our expertise to worried journalists and members of Congress at this critical time. We fear that too much is at stake to be silent any longer.
Mr. Trump’s speech and actions demonstrate an inability to tolerate views different from his own, leading to rage reactions. His words and behavior suggest a profound inability to empathize. Individuals with these traits distort reality to suit their psychological state, attacking facts and those who convey them (journalists, scientists).
After the video surfaced of Trump clearly being confused after departing Airforce 1 and having to be redirected I thought he’s done this before but it didn’t make a big splash in the U.S media.
If past behavior is an indication of future behavior (it is) then we will likely see this happening more.
Last month in Israel when Trump co concluded his meeting with the Israeli PM he stood up suddenly, assumed a blank stare, and wandered away from the photo op.
It could be argued that he also engaged in the same behavior when he “forgot” to sign the executive order he had walked into the Oval Office to sign — instead walking clear past reporters and adopting the same confused look.
What’s it going to take for the 25th amendment to kick in?
For those of you questioning my ethical standards for even mentioning that Trump may be mentally ill; here is a conversation started by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnel after the 35 health professionals took to the air to defend their action against chargers of unethical behavior for stating what is obvious to the world.