Concerns over Donald Trump’s mental health are being raised by a growing number of American politicians.
The US President’s health has been publicly questioned by at least three Democrat officials, with some requesting the implementation of specific precautions to consider a president’s emotional and mental well-being while in office.
Earl Blumenauer, Oregon Representative, is asking for an assessment of constitutional measures to remove a president from office as it did not consider the mental or emotional health of a leader.
“It’s not normal behavior. I don’t know anybody in a position of responsibility that doesn’t know if they’re being rained on. And nobody I work with serially offers up verifiably false statements on an ongoing basis,” he stated.
A few Republican Senators had also expressed their concern as to whether Trump is mentally fit to hold office, according to Al Franken of Minnesota.
While Ted Lieu, California Representative, has announced that he aims to introduce legislation requiring the presence of a psychiatrist or psychologist in the White House. “Anyone who can launch 4,000 nuclear weapons in minutes absolutely should be questioned on any matter related to their physical and mental health.” he said.
Public, professional and political opinions are divided by questions over Trump’s mental health.
It’s been suggested by many that Trump might be suffering from narcissistic personality disorder, but Professor Allen Frances, a professor among those who listed the criteria of the disorder, disagrees with this theory, calling it “a stigmatizing insult to the mentally ill”.
The professor wrote an op-ed for the New York Times stating “Bad behavior is rarely a sign of mental illness, and the mentally ill behave badly only rarely. Psychiatric name-calling is a misguided way of countering Mr Trump’s attack on democracy. He can, and should, be appropriately denounced for his ignorance, incompetence, impulsivity and pursuit of dictatorial powers,”
A psychologist’s findings were published in the Atlantic in June, stating that Trump suffered from “narcissism, disagreeableness, grandiosity”.
Many people are questioning Trump’s diplomatic suitability due to his well-documented “no holds barred” approach to the US presidency. On Wednesday, concerns were augmented when the president made a number of claims that were quickly proven to be untrue during his first solo press conference.
The “Goldwater Rule” was introduced after Fact magazine asked 12,000 psychiatrists whether Barry Goldwater, a Republican presidential candidate in the 1960’s, was “psychologically fit” to be president, 1,189 answered “no”, leading Goldwater to sue the Fact magazine for libel.
American Psychiatric Association (APA) protocol states that medical professionals should not diagnose individuals if they have not personally treated.