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Trump Is Now Dangerous—That Makes His Mental Health a Matter of Public Interest

January 7, 2018 in Blogs

By Bandy Lee, The Guardian

This world authority in psychiatry argues Trump's mental fitness deserves scrutiny.

Eight months ago, a group of us put our concerns into a book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President. It became an instant bestseller, depleting bookstores within days. We thus discovered that our endeavours resonated with the public.

While we keep within the letter of the Goldwater rule – which prohibits psychiatrists from diagnosing public figures without a personal examination and without consent – there is still a lot that mental health professionals can tell before the public reaches awareness. These come from observations of a person’s patterns of responses, of media appearances over time, and from reports of those close to him. Indeed, we know far more about Trump in this regard than many, if not most, of our patients. Nevertheless, the personal health of a public figure is her private affair – until, that is, it becomes a threat to public health.

To make a diagnosis one needs all the relevant information – including, I believe, a personal interview. But to assess dangerousness, one only needs enough information to raise alarms. It is about the situation rather than the person. The same person may not be a danger in a different situation, while a diagnosis stays with the person.

It is Trump in the office of the presidency that poses a danger. Why? Past violence is the best predictor of future violence, and he has shown: verbal aggressiveness, boasting about sexual assaults, inciting violence in others, an attraction to violence and powerful weapons and the continual taunting of a hostile nation with nuclear power. Specific traits that are highly associated with violence include: impulsivity, recklessness, paranoia, a loose grip on reality with a poor understanding of consequences, rage reactions, a lack of empathy, belligerence towards others and a constant need to demonstrate power.

There is another pattern by which he is dangerous. His cognitive function, or his ability to process knowledge and thoughts, has begun to be widely …read more


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Mueller Is Now Looking at Ivanka Trump in Russia Investigation

January 7, 2018 in Blogs

By Christianna Silva, Newsweek

Four members of Trump’s campaign have already been brought down by Mueller’s probe.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues to make his way through the Trump family as his investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election continues—and Ivanka Trump might be next. Based on reports, it’s possible that President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, could be engulfed in Mueller’s investigation. A Los Angeles Times investigation shows that Mueller’s team… Read the rest of this entry →

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Here’s a List of People Close to Trump Who May Think He’s Seriously Nuts

January 7, 2018 in Blogs

By David Ferguson, Raw Story

Trump lashed out at rumors about his mental soundness Saturday.

As revelations about President Donald Trump’s child-like behavior and microscopic attention span call his mental fitness into question, the question lingers: Who are the sources speaking to the Michael Wolff and other media outlets about Trump’s mental condition?

The Washington Post put together a list of possible leakers, speculators and concerned parties who might be speaking out about Trump’s possible psychiatric issues.

“(T)here is a shortlist of people in or near Trump’s inner circle who have voiced doubts about his competence, or who have been reported to have done so, even if some denied it later,” the Post‘s Avi Selk said.

1. Bob Corker

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) is a former Trump disciple gone apostate. He has publicly excoriated the president and called the current White House an “adult day care center.”

2. James Comey

Former FBI Director James Comey expressed doubts about Pres. Trump’s mental stability early on, after a series of meetings in which tried to extract a pledge of loyalty to his administration.

The New York Times said that Comey told associates at the time of the meeting that the president seemed “outside the realm of normal” and downright “crazy.”

3. Rex Tillerson

Well, the Secretary of State did call the president a “f*cking moron.” (Tillerson denies it.)

4. Susan Collins and Jack Reed

A live microphone caught Sens. Collins (R-ME) and Reed (R-RI) discussing their concern about Trump last year.

“I think — I think he’s crazy,” said Reed. “I mean, I don’t say that lightly and as a kind of a goofy guy.”

“I’m worried,” Collins said.

Trump lashed out at rumors about his mental soundness Saturday — first on Twitterand then in a rambling Camp David press conference.

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Israel Blacklists Activist Organizations, Barring them From Entering the Country

January 7, 2018 in Blogs

By Carlos Ballesteros, Newsweek

The “BDS blacklist” includes many well-known critics of Israel.

Israel published a list of activist organizations whose members will be barred from entering the country due to their support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, on Sunday. The so … Read the rest of this entry →