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Mental Health Doctors Tell Congress Donald Trump Needs Psychiatric Assessment

by : Cameron Frew on : 08 Jan 2021 16:49
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Mental health professionals have told Congress that Donald Trump needs a psychiatric assessment. 

The lame duck POTUS has been fiercely criticised in the fallout of the US Capitol riot, during which he told his extremist supporters: ‘We love you, you’re very special.’

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While later backing into an acknowledgment of the chaos unleashed by the pro-Trump participants, mental health experts believe the president to be ‘psychologically and mentally both dangerous and incapacitated’.

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News of the coalition’s stance comes as lawmakers put immense pressure on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office immediately. However, the VP reportedly told advisers it’s ‘highly unlikely’, sending Trump towards a historic second impeachment by the House.

New documents submitted to Congress by Dr. Bandy Lee, Yale University professor and president of World Mental Health Coalition, and other psychiatric experts are hoped to speed up the 25th Amendment process as well as ensuring security at a tumultuous time in the US, ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration.

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The coalition has requested for the ‘the involuntary admission’ of Trump who ‘needs to be evaluated for the least restrictive means of containment’, as per Newsweek. The submission urged that Trump’s refusal to concede the election, and insistences he’d won by a ‘landslide’ indicate ‘dangerous delusions of grandeur’.

The document noted: ‘His ability to mount an even larger insurrection and violent upheaval remains, in addition to his retaining full access to nuclear and other weapons and the power to launch an international war.’

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Lee also told the outlet: ‘We now have a lot of intimate information and many mental health professionals say, we know him better than any patient we have ever treated, and that seems to be a universal sentiment. The next two weeks will still be the most dangerous period yet unless there is correct intervention.’

This time last year, with regards to his actions around the Iran crisis, the coalition said his behaviour was ‘consistent with a person who, when his falsely inflated self-image is questioned, or when his emotional need for adulation is thwarted, lashes out in an attempt to restore his sense of potency and command over others’, as per The Independent.

The group said in a statement: ‘We urge Congress to consult with us for a profile, if not evaluation, and to take seriously the mental health aspects that are at play in this mentally impaired president.’

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However, due to the ‘Goldwater rule’ – which says psychiatrists shouldn’t give opinions on those who they’ve not officially examined – Trump has not been diagnosed. Despite the rule being backed by the American Psychiatric Association in 2017, Lee and others have criticised it for interfering with their responsibility to protect patients and society.

Lee added: ‘While the 25th Amendment negotiations are happening or the impeachment process is started, there are not likely to be safeguards, given the lack of understanding of his true dangerousness from a mental health perspective, which is critically relevant.’

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: News, Donald Trump, Mental Health, Now, US

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  1. Newsweek

    Donald Trump Needs Psychiatric Assessment, Mental Health Doctors Tell Congress

  2. The Independent

    Trump is ‘dangerous and incapacitated’ and urgent action must be taken, psychiatrists say in wake of Iran crisis