Top psychiatry professor thinks that Trump's mental state is a 'public health risk'
No matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on, it has to be said that Donald Trump has made some controversial decisions during his first year as president. When he's not avoiding his official duties by spending days at a time playing golf at Mar-a-Lago, he's frivolously signing executive orders, making threats to cut aid from important allies, and - perhaps most worryingly - stirring up tensions with North Korea.
All in all, the man appears to be a bit of a loose cannon when it comes to important decision making.
This is something that was said long before the former TV show host took up his position in the oval office, but, since his actions are now causing somewhat of a stir in the USA's international relations, many psychiatrists and mental health experts are coming forward to voice their concerns on how the president's behavior could be putting the public at risk.
Dr Bandy X Lee, a top psychiatry professor at Yale and expert on violence, is the latest to voice her opinion.
“From a medical perspective, when we see someone unraveling like this, it’s an emergency,” Lee said in an interview with the New York Daily News. “We’ve never come so close in my career to this level of catastrophic violence that could be the end of humankind.”
As it is obviously unethical and prohibited to make a diagnosis of Trump without a proper assessment, Lee - along with 27 other psychiatrists and mental health experts - has refrained from labeling the president, but has still said that his pattern on behavior is "worrying".
“He’s very attracted to means of violence as a way of burnishing power,” she said, and explained that if his "self-image as the very best and the greatest and an expert in everything is challenged, he responds immediately."
Last month, Lee and the other 27 health professionals met with lawmakers in order to discuss the impact that Trump's mental state had on his ability to govern with the people's best interests at heart. And, according to her, the politicians were "enthusiastic" to discuss the matter.
They questioned Trump’s fitness to serve from a legal perspective, and found there to be a significant risk in his behavior. However, “Their main concern was getting Republicans on board.”
“What they were saying is that Republicans were also concerned [about Trump’s mental health] — possibly equally concerned, but as to whether they would act, that was a different question,” she said.
Moreover, since the release of Fire And Fury: Inside The Trump White House, the president himself has had to address the issue that many people who know him and have spent a significant amount of time with him believe that he is mentally unfit for the job.
So far, Trump's main defense is that the author of the book - Michael Wolff - is apparently lying about some of the incidents included in the bestseller.
"Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book," he said. "He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!"
Just today, in fact, President Trump dispelled any rumors that he was mentally unfit for office by saying he is "a very stable genius".
For as long as he continues to tweet thinly-veiled threats to North Korea and make snap decisions about changing policies he doesn't like, however, President Trump's attitude and mental state will continue to be a concern for many.