Yesterday, about two dozen mental health professionals met at Yale’s School of Medicine to discuss Donald Trump’s fitness to serve as President. Not surprising to anyone who has been paying attention, they concluded that he is not mentally stable, showing multiple signs of mental illness.
Dr. John Gartner started an online petition that has garnered over 40,000 signatures that encourages mental health providers to speak out. They believe his mental health is a danger not only to the United States, but to the world, and it is their duty to warn everyone. He has argued back against the notion they cannot make this assessment without sitting down with him one-on-one. According to Dr. Gartner, “the interview is the least statistical reliable way to make a diagnosis.” Trump’s statement about having the largest inauguration crowd was just one of many warnings of his delusional thinking.
“I’ve worked with some of the most dangerous people our society produces, directing mental health programs in prisons. I’ve worked with murderers and rapists. I can recognize dangerousness from a mile away,” said James Gilligan, a psychiatrist and professor at New York University. “You don’t have to be an expert on dangerousness or spend fifty years studying it like I have in order to know how dangerous this man is.” (wtnh)
Around the same time, Trump was at a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, when he claimed to be great friends with opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, who died in 2007. In an off-script moment, he bragged about his relationship with the deceased singer; it is especially odd given Pavarotti’s family asked him to quit playing his music at events. Pavarotti’s family had said, “the values of brotherhood and solidarity which Luciano Pavarotti expressed throughout the course of his artistic career are entirely incompatible with the worldview offered by the candidate Donald Trump.” (scroll.in)
Yale released the following statement about the meeting:
“The Department of Psychiatry endorses the application of the expertise and experience of its faculty in the service of public policy. In this case, a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry, Bandy Lee, Ph.D., organized a conference focused on the question of how psychopathology in a national leader should be addressed. She invited nationally-recognized experts in the field of mental health. This group included Robert Jay Lifton, formerly professor of Psychiatry at Yale and an internationally renowned figure in the area of the impact of psychological traumas. The conference participants were specifically instructed to follow the “Goldwater Rule”, which prevent mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures based on second-hand information, i.e., information presented by the public media. The conference was organized by people who focused their presentations on President Trump and who were likely to discuss some of his actions. It was made clear that the opinions presented at the Conference did not represent those of the Department of Psychiatry or the University.”
From grandiose statements to delusional ones to outright lies, it seems pretty obvious to this group of professionals there is a serious problem with the President of the United States. Now the only question that remains: Will anyone do anything about it?