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Dear Mental Health “Professionals” Diagnosing Trump from A Distance:

Dear Mental Health “Professionals” diagnosing Trump from a distance,

Thank you for providing supporting evidence that giving someone a mental diagnosis is a completely unscientific and subjective endeavor. You’ve done nothing but shovel dirt from the ground for your grave.  I sincerely hope psychiatric patients, their families, mental health advocates and anyone who has every questioned a diagnosis of mental illness is closely watching.

And this has nothing to do with Trump. Love him, hate him, I don’t care.  This has to do with you “professionals” who often put people on drugs for a supposed mental illness setting a dangerous precedence that diagnosing someone based on his/her Facebook posts, Tweets and TV banter is perfectly acceptable.  It’s bad enough that the diagnosis of mental illness is completely subjective without an ounce of objective evidence, but at least that’s traditionally done in an office room, one-on-one with an experienced person, making it somewhat credible. Somewhat. Even then, many of you mental health professionals don’t rule out possible physiological or lifestyle causes for symptoms of “mental illness,” and aren’t aware of your own “Hammer and Nail” bias.

Back to Trump:  How can you convince me he’s “sick” and not just a guy with an outrageous ego? Or an insecure crybaby? Or someone with a fragile ego who feels attacked by the media and is lashing out like a cornered, insecure rat? How can you tell the difference between his online “performance” versus the real man? We all act differently online than we do in person.  How can you convince me he’s insane over him having a morning eye-opener or not sleeping at night? Insomnia creates a lot of “madness.”  So does alcohol. So does eating paint chips.  How do you know he’s crazy and not eating a horrific diet ( or paint chips?)  Eating badly certainly can create crazy. How can you convince me your own political bias is not clouding your “professional” judgement?  You can’t.

Also, my understanding of diagnosing a mental illness is that there needs to be symptoms of one, first and foremost, and those symptoms need to create distress in one’s life or destructively interfere with one’s everyday life.  In Trump’s case, he came from being the laughable, absolute underdog to winning the biggest election in the world.  Arguably, he holds the highest position in the world. He has a more powerful position than any of you diagnosing him, just a fact, and probably more money. You may say that Trump’s “mental illness” allowed him to sway the masses, be financially successful and become President of the United States.  If that’s the case, can you please use your expertise to outline the exact details, thought patterns and behaviors unique to his mental illness, as I wouldn’t mind making more money or becoming President one day.

Please stop diagnosing people from afar. It discredits you, it’s harmful, it’s unscientific and it’s dangerous.  I’m not saying Trump isn’t or is mentally ill, but at least give him the thoughtful and dignified evaluation that every human deserves before being slammed with a damaging, stigmatizing label.  Otherwise, who’s next?

 

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