Diagnoses of narcissism, anti-social personality, and paranoia are already being indirectly applied to Donald Trump. New ones might be offered after a recent revelation from White House staff, however: Egomania. Attention Deficit Disorder. And perhaps even senility, which could have multiple causes and associated diagnoses.
According to his staff at the White House, as well as agencies such as the National Security Council, all memos provided to Trump must be no more than one page. That’s because he doesn’t focus long enough to read those memos, and is quickly distracted.
To compensate, staff use visual images – photographs, charts, maps – which they say help Trump remain focused on those one-page memos.
Staff make excuses for this, too. “He likes to visualize things,” according to a senior administrator.
In addition, according to a source who spoke with Reuters, these memos must include Trump’s name in “as many paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he’s mentioned.”
These traits concern other government officials, including a Republican who anonymously told The Independent that he’s concerned with Trump’s potential performance in upcoming meetings with foreign officials.
Trump’s mental and psychological status have long been questioned, as noted in a June 2016 article by Dr. Dan P. McAdams. Trump appears “strongly motivated by anger,” he wrote, and cites another psychologist who describes Trump as “remarkably narcissistic.”
Included in his foreshadowing assessment, McAdams wrote:
“Donald Trump’s basic personality traits suggest a presidency that could be highly combustible. […] He could be a daring and ruthlessly aggressive decision maker who desperately desires to create the strongest, tallest, shiniest, and most awesome result—and who never thinks twice about the collateral damage he will leave behind. Tough. Bellicose. Threatening. Explosive.”
Others in the field offered much more serious evaluations after Trump’s surprise win.
In January, psychologist Dr. John Gartner created a petition, asking other mental health professionals to join him in request that Trump be removed from office due to “serious mental illness.”
Citing Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as basis, Gartner’s petition reads:
“We, the undersigned mental health professionals, believe in our professional judgment that Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President of the United States.”
The petition currently carries signatures of over 55,000 psychiatrists, psychologists, and others employed in the field of mental health.
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