Thousands Of Mental Health Professionals Issue Public Alert About Trump’s ‘Dangerous’ Mental State
Mental health professionals have standard procedures for evaluating dangerousness. More than a personal interview, violence potential is best assessed through past history and a structured checklist of a person’s characteristics.
These characteristics include a history of cruelty to animals or other people, risk-taking, behavior suggesting loss of control or impulsivity, narcissistic personality and current mental instability. Also of concern are noncompliance with established norms, access to weapons, poor relationship with significant other or spouse, seeing oneself as a victim, lack of compassion or empathy, and lack of concern over consequences of harmful acts.
The fact that President Donald Trump has met not just some but all these criteria has alarmed several thousands of mental health professionals, member of the National Coalition of Concerned Mental Health Experts , who share the view that the nuclear launch codes should not be in the hands of someone who exhibits such levels of mental instability.
Some of the most prominent thinkers of the field, including Robert J. Lifton, Judith Herman, Philip Zimbardo, and others, are warning that a world leader of Trump’s caliber is a danger to society in his current state of mental health, Business Insider reports.
They claim there’s is a strong connection between immediate dangerousness — the likelihood of waging a war — and extended dangerousness — policies that would destabilize the world.
But these mental health professionals are not the only ones sounding the alarm.
Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear,” describes a “nervous breakdown of Trump’s presidency.” Earlier this year, Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” offered a similar portrayal.
Then, an op-ed in The New York Times by an anonymous “senior White House official” describes how deeply the troubles in this administration run and what effort is required to protect the nation.
None of this is a surprise to health professionals. Their conclusion was overwhelmingly that their responsibility to society and its safety, as outlined in our ethical guidelines, overrode any etiquette owed to a public figure.
The experts said they already know a great deal about Trump’s mental state based on the voluminous information he has given through his tweets and his responses to real situations in real time. Now, this week’s credible reports support the concerns they articulated in their report beyond any doubt.
From Business Insider:
“These are obviously psychological symptoms reflective of emotional compulsion, impulsivity, poor concentration, narcissism and recklessness,” the experts said. “They are identical to those that Woodward describes in numerous examples, which he writes were met with the “stealthy machinations used by those in Trump’s inner sanctum to try to control his impulses and prevent disasters.”
“They are also consistent with the course we foresaw early in Trump’s presidency, which concerned us enough to alert the public,” they said.”We tried to warn that his condition was worse than it appeared, would grow worse over time and would eventually become uncontainable.
“There is a strong connection between immediate dangerousness — the likelihood of waging a war or launching nuclear weapons — and extended societal dangerousness — policies that force separation of children from families or the restructuring of global relations in a way that would destabilize the world.”
“[Our] current concern is that we are already witnessing a further unraveling of the president’s mental state, especially as the frequency of his lying increases and the fervor of his rallies intensifies.”
The experts expressed concerned that Trump’s mental challenges could cause him to take unpredictable and potentially extreme and dangerous measures to distract from his legal problems.
“Violent acts are not random events,” the experts write. “They are end products of a long process that follow recognizable patterns. As mental health experts, we make predictions in terms of unacceptable levels of probability rather than on the basis of what is certain to happen.
Trump’s impairment is a familiar pattern to a violence expert such as myself, but given his level of severity, one does not need to be a specialist to know that he is dangerous.
You can read the entire report here.