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Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017


Life on Planet Trump: Should we be worried or merely terrified? (The Sunday Guardian)


This article references John Gartner and Bandy Lee, leaders of the Duty to Warn movement.

Here’s two excerpts:

Hot on the heels of this article, Psychology Today, a magazine formerly owned and published by the American Psychological Association, published a post “The Elephant in the Room: It’s time we talked openly about Donald Trump’s mental health”. This post immediately went viral with close to a million reads. One was from Dr John Gartner, whose earlier petition warning on Trump’s mental health was signed by more than 60,000 mental health professionals. This petition also contained a request that Trump be removed from office according to the 25th amendment.
More recently, psychiatrist Dr Bandy Lee of Yale University wrote to Congress, warning that Donald Trump poses a “clear and present danger to the world”. In a follow-up letter to the New York Times on 30 September, Dr Lee referred to a recently published book, of which she is the editor: The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President. From this the letter continues: “We are currently witnessing more than his usual state of instability—in fact , a pattern of decompensation: increasing loss of touch with reality, marked signs of volatility and unpredictable behaviour, and an attraction to violence as a means of coping. These characteristics place our country and the world at extreme risk of danger.” The letter ends with a plea: “We urge the public and the lawmakers of this country to push for an urgent evaluation of the president, for which we are in the process of developing a separate 

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So, are the psychiatrists correct? Are we dealing with a delusional President who egotistically presses the button of popularity with his coal miners, ignoring climate change; or with his friends in the powerful Washington Jewish lobby in the case of Jerusalem? Will this delusion stretch to pressing the nuclear button in the case of North Korea?

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Donald Trump, Have You Ever Thought of the Future?

I live in a state in the heart of the heart of the country. (Hyerperallergetic.com 

DRAWING IN A TIME OF FEAR & LIES


Excerpt:

A state is a shape, and if anything is abundantly clear at this moment, it is that our shapes aren’t holding. We can no longer use them because they are rusted.  Our tongues are tired. A border, a dollar, a skin, a shelter; a kiss, a cowboy, a haircut, a bible. Nothing is as it was and we can’t count on it to carry us forward.
This is because our country is being run by an extreme narcissist, and because the narcissism of our system is being exposed, sometimes hastily, and sometimes not nearly enough.
When you are a narcissist you get famous so that, no matter what, there is always a chapter in which you are present. When you are a narcissist in a position of extreme power, those who rebuke you are written out of the chapters your enablers are writing.
We need a tongue to uncover the next chapters. We need the audacity to admit our systems continue because we are lazy and full of fear, fear that feeds our indifference.
Have you ever thought of a future? Perhaps you have not even thought of the present. What is failing? What is fatigued and broken? What is flailing; what’s pretending? What other shape will you make? What other alphabet is there, waiting for us to uncover?

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Who 

doesn’t 


admire 


Republican


 Steve


 Schmidt, 

frequent 

contributor

 on MSNBC?

Video

Below

Excerpt:


STEPHANIE RUHLE: It's an amazing story. I've said before as a general proposition the male ego is a delicate flower. What this shows is that there is one flower more delicate than all the others. The insecurity, the thin skin -- you are comparing President Trump to a delicate flower.
STEVE SCHMIDT: A delicate flower. Such a sensitive ego. It's remarkable. He took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the united states. This wasn't an attack on the clinton campaign. An attack on the elections process is an attack on the sovereignty of the united states of america. The evidence in the intent is plain and from a national security perspective, this is how foreign powers, some of them hostile, manipulate this president. Give him a nice red carpet, throw him a big parade, pat him on the head.
RUHLE: A dance show.
SCHMIDT: Scratch him behind the ears because nothing overwhelm this is titanic ego, this supernova of narcissism. Not duty, not country, not the security of her people. This is a remarkable story because it offers such insight to how his ego overwhelms his duty to protect and strengthen the country. Transcript
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017
This led to my Daily Kos story today:
Click above


Editorial Comment: Excuse my French. Va te faire foutre Trump et Murdoch.


QUOTE: Murdoch said (about the hostile work environment at Fox News), “All nonsense, there was a problem with our chief executive [Ailes], sort of, over the years, isolated incidents. As soon as we investigated it he was out of the place in hours, well, three or four days. And there’s been nothing else since then. That was largely political because we’re conservative. Now of course the liberals are going down the drain — NBC is in deep trouble. CBS, their stars. I mean there are really bad cases and people should be moved aside. There are other things which probably amount to a bit of flirting.” From 


Fox New Women Furious Over Rupert Murdoch Comments On Sexual Misconduct (HuffPost)



The media mogul said claims of rampant sexual harassment at the network are “nonsense.”

Karma:

From Fox News contributor Jonah Goldberg:


QUOTE: Suffolk University and USA Today released a poll this week which found that among people who trust Fox News the most, the president's approval rating has been sinking. His favorability among Fox devotees in June was 90 percent. In October, it was 74 percent. This week? Fifty-eight percent. If that trend continues, he will be underwater with the Fox audience long before the 2018 midterms.


IS TRUMP UNFIT FOR OFFICE? THE CONSTITUTION SAYS YES: Newsweek

Excerpts:

The 25th Amendment to the Constitution may define the conditions for suspending a president’s authority, but it does not constrain the reasoning behind it.
As written, the amendment states that if a president “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of the office,” the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet can suspend him. Historically, such an inability was attributable to illness or medical problems, but, in light of President Donald Trump, I offer we expand our interpretation: Medicine aside, it is clear Trump is unfit to serve, and lawmakers must invoke the 25th Amendment against him.
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To date, Trump has nothing to celebrate as a notable achievement. The best that can be said for Trump is that he’s extremely ineffective at governing. At worst, though, he lacks the temperament to lead a great nation. He can and should be replaced by his vice president. In short, Trump lacks the wherewithal “to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

Excerpt:
The President of the United States used to be the most respected job in America. It did not matter if the President was a Democrat or a Republican. There was something about being the person responsible for keeping the American people safe and the economy growing that demanded respect. Well I must say that time period is over. The respect for the office ended when Russian Facebook and Twitter advertisements help elect the unstable, irrational, sexist and crazed man known as Donald Trump.
Donald Trump the man who was filmed bragging about grabbing women by the genitals is the President. The same man who joked that Fox News host Megyn Kelly was bleeding from her genitals. The same man who also mocked a disabled reporter. A couple of days ago, the mentally unstable President Trump tweeted out a sexist insult to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand when he insinuated that she would do sexual favors for campaign donations.


As cocaine is to rock stars, media is to Modi and Trump: From India


Excerpt:

Donald Trump displays his own media addiction — watching 4 to 8 hours of cable TV a day, while pounding diet coke after diet coke. The New York Times story on the US President’s daily schedule describes his relationship with the media as war, which Trump seeks to win each day. Trump is in battle mode all the time. Modi descends to bare-knuckled vulgarity at key moments like election time, as the BJP’s campaign in Gujarat during these last two weeks has shown.
It is a telling irony that both these men, who describe themselves as authentic and indeed are seen as such by swathes of their followers, should depend on the media for conjuring that aura of authenticity. To compound the irony, this manufactured authenticity is also dependent on fake news, peddled through Facebook in the US and WhatsApp in India, even as it allows Trump and Modi to claim they are the real deal in an age of media hype.
As cocaine is to rock stars, so media is to Modi and Trump. Take the media away from them and they wilt. Trump’s tweets reveal that he cannot escape the single worst aspect of Twitter: the urge it provokes in users to have the last word on every exchange. His tweets reveal another pattern too. If there is nothing in the news cycle that could naturally draw a combative response from him, he invents such an event.
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
I changed the image I used to illustrate this article but by then it fell off the bottom of the front page. I will Tweet it to Trump - you’ll understand why when you read my story.



My excerpt of the day comes from my favorite columnist, Heather “Digby” Parton:


The article (in the Washington Post, scroll down)  is a portrait of a man-child, so deeply over his head that you wonder if he isn't literally going to hold his breath until he turns blue before it's all over. In that sense it tracks with the recent New York Times article that depicted Trump tweeting from his pillow in the morning, wandering around in his bathrobe, drinking two six packs of Diet Coke and watching up to eight hours of cable news a day.

After reading both of these articles you get the sense that somebody in the White House has decided that the best defense against charges that Trump colluded with Russia is for people to believe that he behaves as he does because he's a narcissistic simpleton who can't deal with the fact that he didn't win the popular vote. While that description may be accurate, it doesn't let him off the hook.
From: 

Trump’s bizarre love affair with Putin deepens: What is he hiding?

A Washington Post feature on Trump’s Russia fixation is oddly credulous: Is wounded pride really the issue here?


The best quotes on Morning Joe come from Joe Scarborough and from Donny Deutsch:


“I’ll say that Donald Trump has finally become president when his staff stops treating him like he’s a child,” host Joe Scarborough said. “(Sen.) Bob Corker (R-TN) talked about adult day care, that it seems, there have you the top Republican in foreign affairs saying the White House, it seems, at times reverts to being nothing more than an adult day care center. You see it in the staff briefings, you see it in the press room, where you have people going out before microphones that are afraid to tell the truth because they know they’ll upset their boss.”

Deutsch, who has known Trump for years, shared a story from a friend who recently visited a golf course operated by the president’s family-owned company.


“I heard an anecdote that was both stunning and frightening, and kind of funny,” Deutsch said. “A friend of mine was at Bedminster recently and Trump happened to be there that day, and Trump was working the room. A Secret Service guy came over to my friend, and says, ‘When you speak to the president, be positive.’” RawStory

Thursday Dec. 14, 2017

On MSNBC tonight: Shoehorned between all the news coming out of the blockbuster Washington Post article (scroll down) was on short segment addressing Trump’s mental health, albeit in a mocking manner by Chris Hayes in the Thing 1, Thing 2 segment (here). Hayes noted an oddity in Trump’s speech today about cutting regulations when he said the word scraping instead of what was obviously written in from of him, the word scrapping. 

"We’re scraping and recalling doing a job getting rid of the job killing regulations that threatened the auto workers and devoted their jobs over the years.” What could be going on his his mind - how can someone scrape regulations.


The amazing MSNBC archive searchers found nine examples. 

Is this a type of speech impediment? Or is this a sign of mental deterioration? I don’t know.



Words of the day, from Steve Schmidt on Trump’s refusal despite all evidence to believe that the Russians interfered in his behalf on the elections: he’s a supernova of narcissism.  (On MSNBC) This is an apt layman’s term for malignant narcissism.
He was discussing the front page article on the Washington Post this morning:
Nearly a year into his presidency, Trump continues to reject the evidence that Russia waged an unprecedented assault on a pillar of American democracy and supported his run for the White House. Interviews with more than 50 U.S. officials show that the personal insecurities of the president have impaired the government’s response to a national security threat, with Trump resisting or attempting to roll back efforts to hold Moscow to account as he tries to forge a partnership with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Excerpt:
In the final days before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, members of his inner circle pleaded with him to acknowledge publicly what U.S. intelligence agencies had already concluded — that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was real.

Holding impromptu interventions in Trump’s 26th-floor corner office at Trump Tower, advisers — including Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and designated chief of staff, Reince Priebus — prodded the president-elect to accept the findings that the nation’s spy chiefs had personally presented to him on Jan. 6.

They sought to convince Trump that he could affirm the validity of the intelligence without diminishing his electoral win, according to three officials involved in the sessions. More important, they said that doing so was the only way to put the matter behind him politically and free him to pursue his goal of closer ties with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin.

“This was part of the normalization process,” one participant said. “There was a big effort to get him to be a standard president.”


But as aides persisted, Trump became agitated. He railed that the intelligence couldn’t be trusted and scoffed at the suggestion that his candidacy had been propelled by forces other than his own strategy, message and charisma.

With all the hyperbole in the news today, it may be a worn out phrase to say this story is a blockbuster, or a game changer. However it should be. If you don’t have a subscription to the Washington Post and want me to send you a copy, email me if you have my primary address, or if you don’t use my secondary email halbrown@gmx.com 

Related:

The author of this article, Daniel Greenfield, is an arch conservative, pro-Trump, anti-Islamist. I won’t bother to enumerate the ways he is wrong in  this article. Suffice to say he is all in for Trump and his blame the media game. I include it here because I try to put all articles on this website abut Trump’s mental health whether I agree with them or not.


THE MEDIA’S TRUMP HEALTH CONSPIRACY THEORIES




The media is in the Trump conspiracy theory business, that’s why no one trusts it. 

   


Weds., Dec. 13, 2017

Which New York City tabloid had the best cover?
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My comment is the only one on the site so far:


HAL BROWN, MSW, DUTY TO WARN THERAPIST
DEC 13, 2017 - 01:28 PM 
YOUR COMMENT IS AWAITING MODERATION.
Duty to Warn therapists like me take exception to what Allen Francis says in his book “ twilight of american sanity.”
It is especially insulting, and downright incorrect to say (emphasis added)
“Trump is not suffering from a narcissistic personality disorder as several AMATEUR diagnosticians have said, says Frances, who wrote the criteria for it in the DSM, despite displaying its symptoms like grandiose self-importance, having to hang around with special people.”
Several amateur diagnosticians? In fact hundreds, in fact thousands, of professional diagnosticians have assessed Trump based on countless behaviors and concluded he not only meets the criteria for narcissitc personality disorder (despite what Francis says); but the more severe and dangerous diagnosis of malignant narcissism.
No doubt Francis would say that malignant narcissism isn’t a valid diagnosis because it never made it into any of the Diagnostic and Statistical manuals (DSM’s). He is pitted against two luminaries in the field of mental health, Erich Fromm and Otto Kernberg, who thought that this was a valid, if rare, diagnosis.
Francis bases his conclusion that Trump doesn’t meet the criteria for narcissistic personality disorder for one reason, significant distress:
“… being a world-class narcissist doesn’t make Trump mentally ill”, he says, for this requires clinically significant distress or impairment, but Trump is a “man who causes distress in others but shows no signs himself of experiencing great distress… Trump is a threat to the United States, and to the world, not because he is clinically mad, but because he is very bad”.
In fact, Trump does demonstrate clinically significant signs of distress and impairment. Witness how reactive he is to perceives slights and insults, how quick to respond impulsively with anger he is. Insiders describe him ranting and raving in anger. This is a sign of his experiencing great distress.
I contacted Dr. Francis by email expressing these concerns and he emailed me back that he’d made up his mind and wouldn’t engage in further debate.


Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
Excerpt:
But Saturday’s 4,200-word New York Times epic on a day in the life of the U.S. president defeated him. As he explained, most of the stories cited in his Twitter thread “contained only one or two specific instances of the president of the United States displaying the emotional maturity of a four-year-old. There was never a story so long in detail or quotes that I could not fit it into a single tweet.”

The Times piece, on the other hand, is one long torrent of disturbing anecdotes. If in a familiar vein — the frantic efforts of Trump’s overwhelmed staff to keep him off Twitter, away from bad influences, and in good humour — it adds notable detail to a cumulative account of a president who is not only way out of his depth, but … well, how do you describe a grown man who so closely resembles, in outlook, disposition and comportment, a small child?

This is not a rhetorical question. In recent days, as Trump’s behaviour has seemed to deteriorate further — retweeting anti-Muslim propaganda posted by a British far-right party, suggesting that TV commentator Joe Scarborough had murdered his intern — the possibility has been raised with increasing urgency in political and media circles that Trump is, in fact, suffering from some form of mental illness: anything from a personality disorder to progressive dementia.

This has provoked some considerable criticism in its turn, and not only from Trump supporters. The thrust of it has been less to do with the accuracy of the speculation as to whether it was a fit matter to discuss in public. It’s not my purpose here to weigh in on the president’s mental health, but rather to defend the notion that this a permissible line of inquiry.


The first objection has to do with its relevance. What does it matter whether the president is actually unwell: isn’t it enough to know he behaves as if he is? We know that he is a rampant narcissist, a compulsive liar, that he has zero impulse control, does the opposite of whatever he is told, and so on. Who cares whether the explanation for this is clinical, or just bad parenting?

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Duty to Warn therapists take exception to what Allen Francis says in his book “ twilight of american sanity.”

  It is especially insulting, and downright incorrect to say (emphasis added)

"Trump is not suffering from a narcissistic personality disorder as several amateur diagnosticians have said, says Frances, who wrote the criteria for it in the DSM, despite displaying its symptoms like grandiose self-importance, having to hang around with special people."
Several amateur diagnosticians? In fact hundreds, in fact thousands, of professional diagnosticians have assessed Trump based on countless behaviors and concluded he not only meets the criteria for narcissitc personality disorder (despite what Francis says); but the more severe and dangerous diagnosis of malignant narcissism.

No doubt Francis would say that malignant narcissism isn’t a valid diagnosis because it never made it into any of the Diagnostic and Statistical manuals (DSM’s). He is pitted against two luminaries in the field of mental health, Erich Fromm and Otto Kernberg, who thought that this was a valid, if rare, diagnosis.

Francis bases his conclusion that Trump doesn’t meet the criteria for narcissistic personality disorder for one reason (highlighted):

"... being a world-class narcissist doesn't make Trump mentally ill", he says, for this requires clinically significant distress or impairment, but Trump is a "man who causes distress in others but shows no signs himself of experiencing great distress... Trump is a threat to the United States, and to the world, not because he is clinically mad, but because he is very bad". 
In fact, Trump does demonstrate clinically significant signs of distress and impairment. Witness how reactive he is to perceives slights and insults, how quick to respond impulsively with anger he is. Insiders describe him ranting and raving in anger. This is a sign of his experiencing great distress.

I contacted Dr. Francis by email expressing these concerns and he emailed me back that he’d made up his mind and wouldn’t engage in further debate.

My reactions to this:



Editorial Comment: Trump Tweets, if I understand the legality of this, are admissible in court and could lead to perjury accusations. As for Sarah telling Kristen Welker and presumably all the other reporters calling Trump out that their minds were in the gutter:
“Your honor, I would like to enter into evidence the following recordings from the Access Hollywood bus and the Howard Stern Show.”
Who has their mind in the gutter????
From a psychological standpoint, the huge attention now being paid to Trump’s sexual transgressions and perhaps perversions (rubbing against or touching unsuspecting women’s genitals is a paraphilia called toucherism) this may push him over the edge. He knows what he did. If he thinks in his disgusting machismo that this makes him more manly this may work for awhile, but it could lead to his losing many females in his base.

If Putin decides to relate video tapes of him in decidedly unfaltering activities it could be the end - in days if not weeks. HB

I still think dementia is a significant unknown which, if present, would exacerbate any psychological breakdown in normal functioning in the president. More and more observers in the media (see Nicole Wallace video below) are alarmed that there is something decidedly abnormal and potentially dangerous about Trump’s mental functioning. Hopefully GOP members of Congress are seeing the same thing and drawing the logical conclusions.

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017


My story on Daily Kos yesterday had 373 comments.
Let’s see how many this story gets.

MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace Just Dropped A Bombshell About Trump’s Deteriorating Mental State




Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

Two follow-ups to yesterday’s important article by neurologist Ford Vox (scroll down) - as a psychotherapist (retired) I am familiar with the mini-mental status test and have suggested that any full physical examination for a president have this simple test administered. HB


There Is a Very Useful Test We Could Use to Track Politicians’ Cognitive Decline


Everyone gets slower as they age. The unusualness of this decline can be tracked with data.


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Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE)
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Patient’s Name: Donald Trump Date:
Instructions: Score one point for each correct response within each question or activity.
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Maximum Score
Patient’s Score
Questions
5
“What is the year? Season? Date? Day? Month?”
5
“Where are we now? State? County? Town/city? Hospital? Floor?”
3
The examiner names three unrelated objects clearly and slowly, then the instructor asks the patient to name all three of them. The patient’s response is used for scoring. The examiner repeats them until patient learns all of them, if possible.
5
“I would like you to count backward from 100 by sevens.” (93, 86, 79, 72, 65, ...)
Alternative: “Spell WORLD backwards.” (D-L-R-O-W)
3
“Earlier I told you the names of three things. Can you tell me what those were?”
2
Show the patient two simple objects, such as a wristwatch and a pencil, and ask the patient to name them.
1
“Repeat the phrase: ‘No ifs, ands, or buts.’”
3
“Take the paper in your right hand, fold it in half, and put it on the floor.” (The examiner gives the patient a piece of blank paper.)
1
“Please read this and do what it says.” (Written instruction is “Close your eyes.”)
1
“Make up and write a sentence about anything.” (This sentence must contain a noun and a verb.)
1
“Please copy this picture.” (The examiner gives the patient a blank piece of paper and asks him/her to draw the symbol below. All 10 angles must be present and two must intersect.)
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Theological Scholar Explains Shocking Reason Trump’s Supporters Celebrated Armageddon at Florida Rally


The horrifying part of this to me is that the irreligious malignant narcissist Trump who is now becoming more and more delusional may come to believe he is the King of the North and is on a holy mission to violently usher in the End of Times. What may mitgate against this is that Heaven won't have the gilded mansions he's used to. Also, he wouldn't have as much status there as he'd want - at best he'd be merely God's adopted son. Add to that, no McDonald's and KFC.  HB



Sat. Dec. 9, 2017

We’ve heard from the duty to warn therapists. NOW, THIS IS A MUST READ ARTICLE BY A NEUROLOGIST.
Sunday:  accuracy of this has come under question. That it is
even an issue is
  worthy of a Trump insistence a reporter be fired 
is typical of our hyper-sensitive egotistical president.

Finally an expert in neurology weighs in on Trump in a detailed assessment of symptoms related to a brain disorder.

Duty to Warn therapists have been concerned that under stress Trump could suffer a psychotic break because of his malignant narcissism and his psychological defenses shattering. As if this isn’t of serious enough concern, we now have the added chance that he could make irrational impulsive decisions due to an actual brain disorder.

 What has to be teased out is how his malignant narcissism in some way may mask the symptoms of an actual physical disorder, one which may in fact be terminal - especially Lewy Body dementia which often has a steep fast decline to death.

 "It’s entirely possible that the president does not have predementia or is not progressing toward dementia. But he is definitely behaving as such."
Ford Vox, M.D., is a medical journalist and commentator who practices brain injury medicine in Atlanta.

EXCERPT: When President Trump slurred his words during a news conference this week, some Trump watchers speculated that he was having a stroke. I watched the clip and, as a physician who specializes in brain function and disability, I don’t think a stroke was behind the slurred words. But having evaluated the chief executive’s remarkable behavior through my clinical lens for almost a year, I do believe he is displaying signs that could indicate a degenerative brain disorder.
As the president’s demeanor and unusual decisions raise the potential for military conflict in two regions of the world, the questions surrounding his mental competence have become urgent and demand investigation.

Until now, most of the focus has been on the president’s psychology
(‘Crazy like a fox’: Mental health experts try to get inside Trump’s mind - Jan. 30, 2017)


It’s now time to think of the president’s neurology — and the possibility of an organic brain disorder.  CONTINUED

MORE: The uniqueness of the megalomaniacal media personality that Trump has built himself into, followed by the presidency and its attendant cadre of fawning assistants, have most likely prevented him from getting proper assessment. 
The president’s apparent symptoms are advancing and warrant medical evaluation by relevant specialists. Given the sensitivity of his case, an independent panel would be appropriate. It’s entirely possible that the president does not have predementia or is not progressing toward dementia. But he is definitely behaving as such. 
In either scenario, I do not think this is an individual who is fit to serve the office.
The editor of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” on the other hand, looks at Trump’s deteriorating and perilous state of  mental health.
Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div., is a forensic psychiatrist at Yale School of Medicine and an internationally recognized expert on violence. She is the editor of "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President," now out from Thomas Dunne Books. Her views do not represent those of Yale University, Yale School of Medicine, or Yale Department of Psychiatry.
Excerpts:
At no other time in U.S. history has a group of mental health professionals been so collectively concerned about a sitting president. This is not because he is an unusual person — his presentation is almost typical for a forensic psychiatrist like myself whose patients are mostly violence offenders — but it is highly unusual to find such a person in the office of presidency. For the U.S., it may be unprecedented; for many parts of the world where this has happened before, the outcome has been uniformly devastating. 
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It does not take a mental health professional to see that a person of Trump's impairments, in the office of the presidency, is a danger to us all. What mental health experts can offer is affirmation that these signs are real, that they may be worse than the public suspects, and that the patterns indicate the need for an urgent evaluation (simply trying to “contain” him or asking him to “get over” them will not work). 
Simply put, Trump has already exceeded our usual threshold for evaluation. Just some of the signs that have raised red flags include: verbal aggressiveness, boasting about sexual assaults, inciting violence in others, an attraction to violence and powerful weapons and the taunting of hostile nations with nuclear power. Specific traits that are highly associated with violence include: impulsivity, recklessness, paranoia, a loose grip on reality and poor understanding of consequences, a lack of empathy and belligerence toward others, rage reactions and a constant need to demonstrate power. Such traits interfere with the ability to think rationally, to take in needed information or advice, to weigh consequences and to make sound, logical decisions based on reality.  Read article

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
Evening Edition














He tells far more lies, and far more cruel ones, than ordinary people do. By social scientist Bella DePaulo



Excerpt:

My colleagues and I found it easy to code each of our participants’ lies into just one category. This was not the case for Trump. Close to a quarter of his false statements (24  percent) served several purposes simultaneously. 

Nearly two-thirds of Trump’s lies (65 percent) were self-serving. Examples included: “They’re big tax cuts — the biggest cuts in the history of our country, actually” and, about the people who came to see him on a presidential visit to Vietnam  last month: “They were really lined up in the streets by the tens of thousands.” 

Slightly less than 10 percent of Trump’s lies were kind ones, told to advantage, flatter or protect someone else. An example was his statement on Twitter that “it is a ‘miracle’ how fast the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police were able to find the demented shooter and stop him from even more killing!” In the broadest sense, it is possible to interpret every lie as ultimately self-serving, but I tried to stick to how statements appeared on the surface.

Trump told 6.6 times as many self-serving lies as kind ones. That’s a much higher ratio than we found for our study participants, who told about double the number of self-centered lies compared with kind ones.

The most stunning way Trump’s lies differed from our participants’, though, was in their cruelty. An astonishing 50 percent of Trump’s lies were hurtful or disparaging. For example, he proclaimed that John Brennan, James Clapper and James Comey, all career intelligence or law enforcement officials, were “political hacks.” He saidthat “the Sloppy Michael Moore Show on Broadway was a TOTAL BOMB and was forced to close.” Talking about green card applicants, he insisted that other “countries, they don’t put their finest in the lottery system. They put people probably in many cases that they don’t want.” And he claimed that “Ralph Northam, who is running for Governor of Virginia, is fighting for the violent MS-13 killer gangs & sanctuary cities.” 

The Trump lies that could not be coded into just one category were typically told both to belittle others and enhance himself. For example: “Senator Bob Corker ‘begged’ me to endorse him for reelection in Tennessee. I said ‘NO’ and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement).




Thursday, Dec. 7, 207


Excerpt:


The American Psychiatric Association has a rule that its members may not offer diagnoses of people they have not examined. But, given what some psychiatrists see as a national emergency, many have broken the rule and spoken or written publicly about their professional assessments of Trump’s mental state.
The most widely accepted view is that he suffers from a narcissistic personality disorder, which is far more serious than simply being a narcissist. According to the Mayo Clinic, such a disorder “is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others”.
Moreover, “behind this mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism”. This definition is all too reflective of traits that Trump regularly exhibits.
Numerous Republican members of Congress are deeply worried about Trump’s capacity to handle the presidency — an incredibly demanding job. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson, rumoured to be replaced soon, is said to have called Trump a “moron”.

Trump’s heightened erratic behaviour in recent days has been attributed to his growing anxiety about Mueller’s investigation into his and his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia in the Kremlin’s effort to tilt the 2016 election in his direction — an investigation that could end in a charge of conspiracy.

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