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Dr. Lee, Yale Medicine Woman: Donald J. Trump is crazy. Donald J. Trump is crazy. Donald J. Trump is crazy. And did I tell you that Donald J. Trump is crazy?

January 14, 2020

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November 30, 2017: Dr. Lee, Yale Medicine Woman, diagnoses President Donald J. Trump as crazy:

We are currently witnessing more than his usual state of instability — in fact, a pattern of decompensation: increasing loss of touch with reality, marked signs of volatility and unpredictable behavior, and an attraction to violence as a means of coping. These characteristics place our country and the world at extreme risk of danger.

Ordinarily, we carry out a routine process for treating people who are dangerous: containment, removal from access to weapons and an urgent evaluation. We have been unable to do so because of Mr. Trump’s status as president. But the power of the presidency and the type of arsenal he has access to should raise greater alarm, not less.

We urge the public and the lawmakers of this country to push for an urgent evaluation of the president, for which we are in the process of developing a separate but independent expert panel, capable of meeting and carrying out all medical standards of care.

January 6, 2018: Dr. Lee, Yale Medicine Woman, diagnoses President Donald J. Trump as really, really crazy:

Past violence is the best predictor of future violence, and he has shown: verbal aggressiveness, boasting about sexual assaults, inciting violence in others, an attraction to violence and powerful weapons and the continual taunting of a hostile nation with nuclear power. Specific traits that are highly associated with violence include: impulsivity, recklessness, paranoia, a loose grip on reality with a poor understanding of consequences, rage reactions, a lack of empathy, belligerence towards others and a constant need to demonstrate power.

There is another pattern by which he is dangerous. His cognitive function, or his ability to process knowledge and thoughts, has begun to be widely questioned. Many have noted a distinct decline in his outward ability to form complete sentences, to stay with a thought, to use complex words and not to make loose associations.

October 3, 2018: Dr. Lee, Yale Medicine Woman,  diagnoses President Donald J. Trump as…off his rocker:

You can see how his speech is rather formulaic and without the emotional intensity he shows in other instances. And he senses very keenly what the public wants to hear and what the public might respond to. That’s often very strong in individuals who are deceptive or manipulative.

July 22, 2019: Dr. Lee, Yale Medicine Woman, diagnoses President Donald J. Trump as nuttier than a squirrel’s stash-hole:

When he says, “I am the least racist person you have ever met,” he tells me that he is surely the most racist person I have ever met. In psychiatry, we are trained not simply to believe a person’s words at face value but to evaluate the person’s reliability, whether there are consistent patterns of defense, and whether it is the person or the disease that is speaking, before we believe.

Mr. Trump’s patterns indicate that when he says others are “hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down,” he actually means, “I am a hate-filled extremist constantly trying to tear this country down.” When he says, “Presidential harassment!” he is describing harassment that the president metes out. And his statement, “Their comments are helping fuel the rise of a dangerous, militant hard left,” is an admission that his comments are doing this of the militant hard right. The reason why the attribution is uncannily correct is because the mind is not random: the unconscious mind knows exactly what one is doing, even as the conscious mind denies it.

July 23, 2019: Dr. Lee, Yale Medicine Woman, diagnoses President Donald J. Trump as two tacos shy of a combination plate:

Dr. Bandy Lee, the leader of the panel and a psychiatrist at Yale School of Medicine, argued that mental capacity was even more important than the criminal investigation members of Congress would be after in the hearings because it “needs immediate intervention.” She recommended that Congress consider canceling the August recess to deal with the issue.

December 5. 2019: Dr. Lee, Yale Medicine Woman, diagnoses President Donald J. Trump as so crazy that he’s made GOP anti-impeachment Reps. Devin Nunes and Jim Jordan crazy, too:

I have also spoken about shared psychosis. Psychosis is a severe condition of mental impairment when you lose touch with reality, and shared psychosis happens when a highly compromised person is exposed to other people who would be otherwise healthy. But because of the close contact, healthy people take on the symptoms of the person who is compromised. Because of the president’s position and his direct access to a large proportion of the population, either via Twitter or his direct rallies, there is a phenomenon of shared psychosis going on at large scale, at national scale.

January 4, 2020: Dr. Lee, Yale Medicine Woman, diagnoses President Donald J. Trump as hoo boy, lock him up right now:

A Yale psychiatrist who has warned of the dangers of President Donald Trump’s mental health for years urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to request a mental health hold of the president after he ordered a drone strike that killed a top Iranian general….

Lee said Trump’s actions were “exactly what someone who lacks mental capacity would do.”

“In other words, he is extremely drawn to actions that would help him appear as if he has mental capacity, such as a ‘presidential strike’ against an enemy, while avoiding the proper procedures, such as briefing with Congress, that might expose his lack of capacity,” she said. “What we do not expect from someone who lacks mental capacity is rational, reality-based decision making that is non-impulsive, non-reckless, and cognizant of consequences.”

January 11, 2020: Dr. Lee, Yale Medicine Woman, diagnoses President Donald J. Trump as so crazy that he made retired Harvard law professor (and Hillary voter) Alan Dershowitz just as crazy as he is:

Prominent Donald Trump supporter Alan Dershowitz reportedly complained to Yale University after forensic psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee suggested Trump supporters may have a “shared psychosis” with the president….

Lee offered her analysis of the shared use of language.

“Alan Dershowitz’s employing the odd use of ‘perfect’—not even a synonym—might be dismissed as ordinary influence in most contexts. However, given the severity and spread of ‘shared psychosis’ among just about all of Donald Trump’s followers, a different scenario is more likely,” she explained….

“Also identical is the level of lack of empathy, of remorse, and of consideration of consequences (until some accountability comes from the outside—at which time he is likely to lash out equally),” she wrote….

Dershowitz wrote an entire column complaining about Dr. Lee’s tweets….

“She also believes that my use of the word ‘perfect’ — the same word used by Donald Trump in describing his phone call to the Ukrainian President — is evidence of a ‘shared’ psychosis….Dr. Lee neglects to mention that the interview during which I used that word took place months before President Trump used it.”

Of course Dr. Bandy Lee herself is saner than earplugs at a Ludacris concert. We know that because she teaches at Yale.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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