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It is a discussion that the adversaries of the president of the United States have had for some time: is Donald Trump mental health stable for his position?

The issue has resurfaced in recent days in some media such as the Washington Post or CNN, following the publication of the controversial book by journalist Michael Wolff, in which he recounts Trump’s rise to the presidency with interviews with people close to him.

Even this Friday, the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, spoke on the subject, assuring that he “never questioned” the mental health of the president, even though Wolff says in his book that in the White House They consider Trump a “child”.

The idiosyncrasy of the president, his strong personality and his way of speaking, different s to the Washington elite , have rocked American politics in the last year.

But that personality and character have also contributed to the formation of an atmosphere in which his critics have gone farther and farther, to the point of questioning whether Trump is fit for the job.

Some have even come to doubt their mental health.

The current wave of speculation has been revived after the publication of the book “Fire and Fury“, in which the journalist Michael Wolff writes that, during the time he spent in the White House to prepare his essay, he met people around Trump who I noticed that “his mental faculties skated”.

During the promotion of his book, Wolff said that Trump, 71, repeats phrases to himself often.

Repetition can be caused by poor short-term memory, as well as by other factors.

It can be a sign of dementia, affecting up to 8% of people over 60 years of age worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

“Everyone was very aware of the increasing pace of their repetitions,” writes Wolff.

“Before I used to have a 30-minute period in which I repeated, word by word and expression by expression, the same three sentences, but now it happens in periods of less than 10 minutes.”

The current wave of speculation has been revived after the publication of the book “Fire and Fury”, in which the journalist Michael Wolff writes that, during the time he spent in the White House to prepare his essay, he met people around Trump who I noticed that “his mental faculties skated”.

During the promotion of his book, Wolff said that Trump, 71, repeats phrases to himself often.

Repetition can be caused by poor short-term memory, as well as by other factors.

It can be a sign of dementia, affecting up to 8% of people over 60 years of age worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation.

Critics of the book have also questioned its sources, question whether Wolff has witnessed the events he describes and consider as “gossip” some of the information it contains.

What has been said before?

Some psychologists have previously speculated about the symptoms they saw in Trump’s behavior.

Several books were published on the subject a few months after the inauguration of Trump as “The Dangerous Donald Trump” of Bandy X . Lee ; “The Twilight of American Cordura”, by Allen Frances , or “Fantasilandia”, by Kurt Andersen .

Dr. Lee, who is a professor of psychiatry at Yale University, told a group of Democratic senators last month that Trump “was going to fall apart and we’re already seeing signs .”

But it’s worth remembering that none of these people have treated Trump as a patient, nor do they have first -hand information about his mental state.

Any professional who would have treated him and wanted to talk about it would go against ethical standards, as well as against federal laws that protect patients.

Because it is important?

In theory, Trump’s work would be at stake.

Under amendment 25 of the United States Constitution , if the president is considered “incapable of exercising the rights and obligations of his office,” the vice president would take the post.

His cabinet and the vice president would have to start a destitution process, so it is unlikely to happen even if many voices request it.

Have there been presidents with mental problems?

Yes, presidents of the United States have suffered from mental illnesses, such as Abraham Lincoln , whose clinical depression caused several negative episodes.

More recently, Ronald Reagan , who was president from 1981 to 1989, suffered from disorientation and at times seemed unsure of where he was.

He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 5 years after leaving office.

However, amendment 25 has never been used to remove a sitting president.

What about the evidence about Trump?

It is worth reiterating: there is no real evidence of anything while there is no one who has examined the president and speaks publicly.

However, some have suggested that Trump may have symptoms that would point to a Narcissist Personality (NPT).

People with this condition often show some of the following characteristics, according to the specialized Psychology Today :

  • Grandiosity , which is the lack of empathy for other people and a need for admiration
  • They believe that they are superior or that they deserve special treatment.
  • They look for admiration and attention excessively, and have conflicts to handle criticism or defeat

However, the man who described the criteria for the NPT, Allen Frances, said he could not say that Trump had that disorder since he did not find any signs of obvious anguish in the president.

“Trump causes severe anguish instead of experiencing it and has been rewarded with rewards, instead of being punished, for his grandiosity, self-absorption and lack of empathy,” Frances wrote.

Wolff’s book has led some to wonder if Trump might be suffering from cognitive decline.

The repetition of phrases and Trump’s way of speaking have been pointed out as proof of this.

Some say the president is hiding cognitive decline since have noticed times when Trump stop ce not have full control of their own movements.

There was a case in December, when he was giving a speech and raised a glass awkwardly, with both hands.

During another speech, he dragged some words, something the White House attributed to a throat condition, but some said it could be a sign of something more serious.

Next week, the president will undergo his first medical examination – a physical exam – since he took office.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Donald Trump, either with his instability of character, or through his stubbornness and capriciousness
    to go against the decorum and the sobriety of behavior required by the job of the president of the United States, has open his own Pandora’s Box, and all of his shortcomings on mental stability, inability to comprehend the strict requirements of his job, and his inclination to seek revenge on anything negative about himself have spilled out in the open! Now Dr. Bandy X. Lee, a psychiatry professor at Yale University published a book titled : “The Dangerous Donald Trump!” Add Michael Wolf book “Fire and Fury,” in which is revealed that the White House staff consider Trump as a “Child” (probably mean he has a “childish behavior) Trump as president come across as an anathema to the U.S. presidency.
    Would Donald Trump last his tenure? I hope not, and I bet most Americans feel the same as they certainly are fed-up with Trump by now! Nikos Retsos, retired professor

    • Everything is pointing in that direction, but may be its NOT the people that are pissed with trump, just maybe he is pissing oof some of the actual people that put him in power like the banking cartel, to name one. His power tripping way will get him in deep water that’s for sure.

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