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Title:
The dangerous case of Donald Trump : 27 psychiatrists and mental health experts assess a president
Author:
Lee, Bandy X., 1970- editor.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.

©2017
Physical Description:
xix, 360 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
Explores the consensus of more than two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists that President Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and that he presents a clear and present danger to the nation. --Publisher.

"Since the start of Donald Trump's presidential run, one question has quietly but urgently permeated the observations of concerned citizens: What is wrong with him? Constrained by the American Psychiatric Association's "Goldwater rule," which inhibits mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined, many of those qualified to answer this question have shied away from discussing the issue at all. The public has thus been left to wonder whether he is mad, bad, or both. In The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, twenty-seven psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health experts argue that, in Mr. Trump's case, their moral and civic "duty to warn" America supersedes professional neutrality. They then explore Trump's symptoms and potentially relevant diagnoses to find a complex, if also dangerously mad, man. Philip Zimbardo and Rosemary Sword, for instance, explain Trump's impulsivity in terms of "unbridled and extreme present hedonism." Craig Malkin writes on pathological narcissism and politics as a lethal mix. Gail Sheehy, on a lack of trust that exceeds paranoia. Lance Dodes, on sociopathy. Robert Jay Lifton, on the "malignant normality" that can set into everyday life if psychiatrists do not speak up. His madness is catching, too. From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, he has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond. It's not in our heads. It's in his."--Jacket.
General Note:
"A Thomas Dunne Book."
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781250179456
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Book

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The New York Times bestseller! More than two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists offer their consensus view that Trump's mental state presents a clear and present danger to our nation and individual well-being.

This is not normal.

Since the start of Donald Trump's presidential run, one question has quietly but urgently permeated the observations of concerned citizens: What is wrong with him? Constrained by the American Psychiatric Association's "Goldwater rule," which inhibits mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined, many of those qualified to answer this question have shied away from discussing the issue at all. The public has thus been left to wonder whether he is mad, bad, or both.

In THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP, twenty-seven psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health experts argue that, in Mr. Trump's case, their moral and civic "duty to warn" America supersedes professional neutrality. They then explore Trump's symptoms and potentially relevant diagnoses to find a complex, if also dangerously mad, man.

Philip Zimbardo and Rosemary Sword, for instance, explain Trump's impulsivity in terms of "unbridled and extreme present hedonism." Craig Malkin writes on pathological narcissism and politics as a lethal mix. Gail Sheehy, on a lack of trust that exceeds paranoia. Lance Dodes, on sociopathy. Robert Jay Lifton, on the "malignant normality" that can set in everyday life if psychiatrists do not speak up.

His madness is catching, too. From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, he has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond.

It's not all in our heads. It's in his.

"There will not be a book published this fall more urgent, important, or controversial than The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump ...profound, illuminating and discomforting" --Bill Moyers


Author Notes

Dr. Bandy Lee is a violence studies specialist. Trained as a psychiatrist at Yale and Harvard Universities, she focused on public-sector work as chief resident and on anthropological research in East Africa as a fellow of the National Institute of Mental Health. In addition, she worked in several maximum-security prisons throughout the United States, consulted with governments in Ireland and France, and helped to set up violence prevention programs both in the U.S. and abroad. She is currently on the faculty of the Law and Psychiatry Division and teaches students representing asylum seekers or studying to become public defenders at Yale Law School. She also served as Director of Research for the Center for the Study of Violence, as consultant to the World Health Organization and several other United Nations agencies. Her interests are in global health approaches to violence prevention and interdisciplinary discourse. (Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Robert Jay Lifton, M.D.Judith Lewis Herman, M.D. and Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div.Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div.Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D. and Rosemary SwordCraig Malkin, Ph.D.Tony SchwartzGail Sheehy, Ph.D.Lance Dodes, M.D.John D. Gartner, Ph.D.Michael J. Tansey, Ph.D.David M. Reiss, M.D.James A. Herb, M.A., Esq.Leonard L. Glass, M.D., M.P.H.Henry J. Friedman, M.D.James Gilligan, M.D.Diane Jhueck, L.M.H.C., D.M.H.P.Howard H. Covitz, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.William J. Doherty, Ph.D.Betty P. Teng, M.F.A., L.M.S.W.Jennifer Contarino Panning, Psy.D.Harper West, M.A., L.L.P.Luba Kessler, M.D.Steve Wruble, M.D.Thomas Singer, M.D.Elizabeth Mika, M.A., L.C.P.C.Edwin B. Fisher, Ph.D.Nanette Gartrell, M.D. and Dee Mosbacher, M.D., Ph.D.Noam Chomsky, Ph.D. and Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div.
Foreword: Our Witness to Malignant Normalityp. xv
Prologue: Professions and Politicsp. 1
Introduction: Our Duty to Warnp. 11
Part 1 The Trump Phenomenonp. 23
Unbridled and Extreme Present Hedonism: How the Leader of the Free World Has Proven Time and Again He Is Unfit for Dutyp. 25
Pathological Narcissism and Politics: A Lethal Mixp. 51
I Wrote The Art of the Deal with Donald Trump: His Self-Sabotage Is Rooted in His Pastp. 69
Trump's Trust Deficit Is the Core Problemp. 75
Sociopathyp. 83
Donald Trump Is: (A) Bad, (B) Mad, (C) All of the Abovep. 93
Why "Crazy Like a Fox" versus "Crazy Like a Crazy" Really Matters: Delusional Disorder, Admiration of Brutal Dictators, the Nuclear Codes, and Trumpp. 110
Cognitive Impairment, Dementia, and POTUSp. 126
Donald J. Trump, Alleged Incapacitated Person: Mental Incapacity, the Electoral College, and the Twenty-Fifth Amendmentp. 136
Part 2 The Trump Dilemmap. 149
Should Psychiatrists Refrain from Commenting on Trump's Psychology?p. 151
On Seeing What You See and Saying What You Know: A Psychiatrist's Responsibilityp. 160
The Issue Is Dangerousness, Not Mental Illnessp. 170
A Clinical Case for the Dangerousness of Donald J. Trumpp. 181
Health, Risk, and the Duty to Protect the Communityp. 198
New Opportunities for Therapy in the Age of Trumpp. 209
Part 3 The Trump Effectp. 217
Trauma, Time, Truth, and Trump: How a President Freezes Healing and Promotes Crisisp. 219
Trump Anxiety Disorder: The Trump Effect on the Mental Health of Half the Nation and Special Populationsp. 235
In Relationship with an Abusive Presidentp. 244
Birtherism and the Deployment of the Trumpian Mind-Setp. 261
Trump's Daddy Issues: A Toxic Mix for Americap. 268
Trump and the American Collective Psychep. 281
Who Goes Trump? Tyranny as a Triumph of Narcissismp. 298
The Loneliness of Fateful Decisions: Social and Psychological Vulnerabilityp. 319
He's Got the World in His Hands and His Finger on the Trigger: The Twenty-Fifth Amendment Solutionp. 343
Epilogue: Reaching Across Professionsp. 356
Appendix: Transcript of the Yale Conference (online)p. 361