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US wonders about Donald Trump’s mental health

The President of the United States, who this Friday made his first medical visit, is “in excellent health”. The White House recalled that the review did not include psychiatric expertise, only weight, blood pressure and cholesterol were examined.

The question comes regularly at the whims of the extravagant 45th President of the United States: Donald Trump is it crazy? The debate was revived at the beginning of the year with the release of the book Fire and Fury, where the commander in chief is described as a child with attention disorders. These critics annoy the main interested party. “In fact, in my life, the two greatest assets were mental balance and being, kind, really smart,” he responded, qualifying for the passage of “very balanced genius.” On Friday, he had his first medical exam at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. A few hours later, White House doctor Ronny Jackson said “the president is in excellent health.” This balance was limited to weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. There was no psychiatric expertise.

This is not the first time that the reason for a US President is in question. “Reagan is it senile?” Titled in 1987, the magazine The New Republic during the second term of the Republican. Five years after leaving the presidency, the former president will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The current tenant of the White House, who regularly claims this filiation , did not fail to raise the comparison. “I had to support fake news the first day I announced my candidacy for the presidency. Now, I have to put up with a fake book, written by a totally discredited author. Ronald Reagan had the same problem and managed it well. Me too! “, Thus tweeted Donald Trump after the release of Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury .

The American press questioned her mental health well before her election. “During the primary season, while Donald Trump’s bizarre outbursts helped him crush the competition, I thought he was clever like a monkey. Now, I’m more and more convinced that he’s completely crazy, “wrote Washington Post columnist in the summer of 2016, pointing out his erratic behavior and several shameless lies. Far from having changed his mind, Eugene Robinson returned to the charge last November : “How long will we claim that President Trump is fully rational?”. And to conclude: “Whatever the problem, it’s serious – and it gets worse.

Malicious narcissism

Several American psychiatrists from the Duty to Warn collective have diagnosed a syndrome of “harmful narcissism”. “It shows impulsiveness, imprudence, paranoia, a relationship distanced from reality (when the consequences of its actions are of little importance), from rage (when reality does not correspond to what the it was hoped), a lack of empathy, and an irrepressible need to bend to compensate for signs of weakness “, summed up last month in Le Figaro Bandy Lee, psychiatrist at Yale University. This remote diagnosis, however, raises an ethical question. The American Psychiatric Association advocates not to issue an opinion on a public figure without having examined it and obtained his consent. This did not prevent the practitioner to be received, catimini, by a dozen elected to Congress in early December.

Because the situation preoccupies the political class. During the summer, the Washington Post had also surprised an open microphone conversation where two senators, one Republican the other Democrat, expressed their concern. To settle the debate once and for all, one of their colleagues, Democrat Jamie Raskin, tabled a bill in Congress calling for the creation of a commission of 11 people composed mainly of psychiatrists and neurologists. He may be asked to rule on the mental health of the president. If the president was found unable to perform his duties, parliamentarians could invoke amendment 25 of the US Constitution and pass on his powers to the vice-president. Such a text, however, has little chance of success as long as the Republicans hold the Congress

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