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PostHydroxychloroquine, and Appraising Trump's Pathology (Leo Goldberger, USA, 05/20/20 4:08 am)
Ever since he won the election--albeit with a minority vote and help from Russian interference and to his own surprise--Trump's character structure has been the subject of many outstanding psychiatric specialists voicing their shared diagnosis: the man is severely sick!
In fact, anyone, whether familiar with the "bible" of psychiatry--the APA Diagnostic Manual--would have to agree that he fits perfectly the mixed diagnosis of narcissism and psychopathy, with a taint of paranoia as well. One need not adhere to the so-called Goldwater rule (that prohibits members of the American Psychiatric Association to make a diagnosis without having examined the person in question), as Trump has been pretty transparent on all diagnostic counts: total self-absorption, a compulsive liar and masterful manipulator without the benefit of a conscience, and, as for paranoia, an automatic attack on his perceived enemies.
Currently his existential threats are two-fold: the upcoming Supreme Court's decision regarding his tax returns (and potential jail)...and the loss to Biden (also potential jail). Just imagine yourselves in that conundrum. You are up in years, you are overweight, and good only knows what your physical condition really is--not even wearing a mask these critical days? As he is "above the law" in all respects, as his cleverly chosen Bill Barr has assured of. (Note: Trump is by no means lacking in cognitive intelligence; it is his emotional intelligence that is absent...no feeling for others, no empathy!)
So--the idea of ingesting Hydroxichloroquine should not really be surprising. He needs above all to be "right"--in charge of everything--above the law! A god-like creature, like an infant's mind, where there is no "outside" world...just one's own thoughts, desires and feelings.
These musings of mine--while I am in essential social isolation and hence might be a bit discouraged and blue myself--will nevertheless and hopefully get a serious reading, with critical responses being more than welcome.
JE comments: Leo, your ears must have been ringing! Just yesterday as we welcomed Dr Arturo Ezquerro to WAIS, I made a mental list of our other illustrious mental-health professionals. (Two "mentals" in one sentence--does this make me "mental"?) Your name of course was at the top of my list. Nice to hear from you!
The Goldwater Rule comes from that Goldwater (Barry), and a 1964 article in Fact magazine that polled psychiatrists on Goldwater's psychological fitness to be president. Goldwater successfully sued the magazine for defamation. At no time since the 1960s has the rule been ignored as much as with Trump. Extraordinary times, extraordinary measures?
1964 piece in Fact magazine (Wikipedia)