Washington: Trump’s mental health

Americans increasingly wonder whether their president is mentally fit to hold the office.

Why? La Jornada newspaper’s renowned analyst David Brooks answered it last Friday.

He headed his article plainly: “Mental health experts warn the world about Trump’s dangerousness”.

Then, he quoted, well-known psychiatrists and psychologists, who consider a mistake to treat him as “if he were a normal person”.

He also refers to a new book that is about to be published in the United States, The dangerous case of Donald Trump.

Its text, written by 27 mental health experts, says that his makes him a clear and present danger.

Because of that, they point out, it is impossible to apply on him rules of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), which ban mental health specialists from publicly revealing their diagnoses of public figures they have't assessed. 

The book was prefaced by Dr. Banda X Lee, of Yale University, and Judith Herman, of Harvard.

They point out: "Collectively, we warn that anyone as mentally unstable as Mr. Trump simply should not be entrusted with the life-and-death powers of the presidency”.

They offer psychological variants to describe the health state of the president, some focused on his “malignant narcissism”. Experts recall such a concept was developed by psychologist Erick Fromm to characterize Hitler and his followers.

Retired Harvard Medical School psychiatry professor Lance Dodes notices that Trump’s sociopathic characteristics pose a danger to democracy in the United States.

Some quote a famous study on its 37 presidents until 1974, which concluded that half of them had mental problems.

And Trump? Combined in a “highly dangerous” toxic mixture.

May God, if he can, protect us.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi TranslationStaff

 

Almost 10 Million Americans Expressed Suicidal Thoughts in 2015

Nearly 10 million American adults thought seriously about killing themselves during the past 12 months from when they were surveyed, according to US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Nearly 10 million American adults considered taking their own lives in 2015, with more women than men attempting suicide, the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration said in a report on Thursday. Last year 9.8 million US adults, or 4 percent of the population, "thought seriously about killing themselves during the past 12 months from when they were surveyed," the report stated. "The [study shows an] increase in the rate of nonfatal suicide attempts among… females — up from 1.5 percent in 2014 to 2 percent in 2015."

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The mental-health agency, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, added that the nation’s suicide rate is at its highest level since 2000. Suicide has become "the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States," with nearly 42,000 Americans a year taking their own lives.

On Wednesday, New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported a recent spike in local suicide rates, with the number of young female New Yorkers killing themselves rising to 3.9 deaths per 100,000 individuals in 2014 from 2.3 deaths per 100,000 in 2000.


 

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