A Psychiatrist in the White House Wouldn't Be Such a Bad Thing
Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu of California is considering introducing a bill that would require a psychiatrist's presence at the White House. As the Huffington Post reports, a physician's presence has long been written into the law, but the POTUS' mental health largely evades discussion—blame stigma for that one. Arguably, installing a mental health professional near the president is a long overdue measure.
Bet you can't guess the catalyst for this particular bill in this particular era of U.S. governance.
"It is not normal for the president of the United States, within 24 hours, to write about death and destruction and fake news and evil," Lieu told HuffPo. "[Trump's] disconnection from the truth is incredibly disturbing."
Psychiatrists themselves are not permitted to publicly comment on the mental health of public figures they have not treated, but according to Stat, some mental health professionals believe having that discussion can be beneficial—with "appropriate caveats." For one, Trump does not display attributes that "cause the individual to suffer clinically significant distress or impairment," meaning he likely does not have a mental disorder, according to the psychiatrists interviewed in the piece.
But other habits are of interest, including his anxiety-driven compulsions (i.e. his apparent need to Tweet always), anger (i.e. the insults he directs at women, companies, world leaders, or anyone else who contradicts him), and his narcism. As he proves day in and day out, he is a man obsessed with trivial details, and a vicious attack dog. More troubling, he is a president who seems to think if he just believes hard enough in something, it will be true. Apart from children's movies about lost puppies, that strategy rarely works.
Distorted reality aside for a moment, everyone could benefit from a good therapist.