Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Donald Trump's Mental Health in Question

Some psychiatrists are claiming that their President (left) is “paranoid and delusional” and, therefore, he is not fit to lead the US of A.

Twenty-five of them had met at Yale University on April 20, 2017 to discuss evidence questioning Donald Trump's mental health.

John Gartner, a practicing psychotherapist who advised psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, said: “We have an ethical responsibility to warn the public about Trump's dangerous mental illness”.

Bandy Lee, assistant clinical professor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, said: “As some prominent psychiatrists have noted, [Trump’s mental health] is the elephant in the room. I think the public is really starting to catch on and widely talk about this now”.

James Gilligan, a psychiatrist and professor at New York University, said he had worked with some of the “most dangerous people in society”, including murderers and rapists – but that he was convinced by the “dangerousness” of Trump.

These claims, in turn, had drawn scolding comments from some in the psychiatric establishment, who said they violated the American Psychiatric Association’s “Goldwater rule” – which states psychiatrists are not to give professional opinions on people they have not personally examined.

Not surprisingly, they had also been condemned by some Republicans – one of whom was Connecticut Republican Party chairperson JR Romano, who accused the group of “throwing ethical standards out the window because they cannot accept the election results”.

Responding to the criticisms, Dr Gartner said: “This notion that you need to personally interview someone to form a diagnosis actually doesn’t make a whole lotta sense. For one thing, research shows that the psychiatric interview is the least statistical reliable way to make a diagnosis”.

A spokesperson for Yale University told UK’s The Independent the Goldwater rule had been abided but that the organizer was "troubled" by the "silencing of debate".

Last weekend, a troop of Toastmasters went to Sunway University to spend two days with 53 Peneraju students. Sunway TES hosted the Toastmasters’ Youth Leadership Program and Liquid Gold Advanced Toastmasters Club conducted it. Successfully, if I may add.

In fact, we tweaked the program and made it even more effective. Believe it or not, we saw real transformation! 

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