A trio of psychiatry professors, with one from the hallowed halls of Harvard Medical School, have written President Barack Obama a letter imploring that President-elect Donald Trump undergo a full medical and neuropsychiatric evaluation. Millions of individuals in the United States and around the world agree with their request.
The professors in question are Judith Herman from Harvard, Nanette Gartrell and Dee Mosbacher who both represent the University of California. All three a licensed psychiatrists. In their letter to Obama they wrote of their “grave concern regarding the mental stability of our President-Elect.” However, to remain ethical, they also said “Professional standards do not permit us to venture a diagnosis for a public figure whom we have not evaluated personally.” This point was echoed earlier in the year by the American Psychiatric Association that said, “The unique atmosphere of this year’s election cycle may lead some to want to psychoanalyze the candidates, but to do so would not only be unethical, it would be irresponsible.”
Perhaps psychiatrists find themselves hindered from offering a diagnosis of Trump without meeting him, but in the field of political analysis the behavior of Trump has been anything of that of a rational cognizently coherent mind. To wit the professors continued their plea:
His widely reported symptoms of mental instability — including grandiosity, impulsivity, hypersensitivity to slights or criticism, and an apparent inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality — lead us to question his fitness for the immense responsibilities of the office. We strongly recommend that, in preparation for assuming these responsibilities, he receive a full medical and neuropsychiatric evaluation by an impartial team of investigators.
In a perfect world President Obama would be able to enforce such a scenario, but that is not the job of a sitting president. Nor should it be, as such power could be easily and readily abused for partisan political leanings. One might imagine a president with nefarious intentions enforcing his will upon his political enemies by throwing them in psychiatric hospitals to be overseen by medical staff that were handpicked to make a diagnosis which favored a president’s preferred outcome.
The point of Trump’s madness should not fall on deaf ears, as he clearly does not retain the ability to control all of his mental faculties. As he is preparing to assume the office of the most powerful and influential person in the world he will, for every American, soon be required to be at the ready at all times.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.