2018-09-07 16:11:09 UTC
Its easy for casual observers to watch President Donald Trump stumble over
words, stop mid-thought to wave at passing boats, ramble about snakes
everywhere and to conclude to themselves that yes, this guy is definitely
losing it. That said, its something altogether different when the people who
work closest with the president actually ask a professional mental health expert
to step in because hes freaking them the fuck out.
That, however, is exactly what Yale psychiatrist Bandy Lee claims has happened.
In an interview with Salon published Thursday, Lee, editor of 2017's The
Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts
Assess a President, claims that several White House staffers approached her to
address the presidents declining faculties.
"Two White House officials actually contacted me in late October, stating that
Trump was scaring them, that he was unraveling. Not wishing to confuse the
role I chose, as an educator of the public, and a potential treatment role, I
referred them to the local emergency room without inquiring much further.
Its worth noting that allegations of Trumps mental instability veering into
the clinical realm have swirled around this White House since the beginning of
his presidencyso much so that this past January, the American Psychiatric
Association publicly called for an end to armchair evaluations of the
president. What makes Lees claim different is that, for the first time, were
hearing of actual administration figures reaching out to an actual doctor,
seemingly in the hopes of staging some sort of intervention.
And Lee isnt just any doctor. Shes an eminently qualified physician who has
both a medical degree and a masters of divinity from Yale. According to her
faculty bio at that university, she:
"Served as Director of Research for the Center for the Study of Violence
(Harvard, U. Penn., N.Y.U., and Yale), co-founded Yales Violence and Health
Study Group (MacMillan Center for International Studies), and leads a project
group for the World Health Organizations Violence Prevention Alliance.
"She has served as consultant to the World Health Organization Violence and
Injury Prevention department, UNESCO, and other United Nations bodies, and as
speaker to the World Economic Forum.
So when she says the people in a position to know best whats actually going on
at the West Wing are having the bejeezus scared out of them by Trumps
unraveling mental state, its probably a sign that however bad things look
from the outside, its even worse on the inside.