A little over a year ago when Trump launched his presidential campaign with remarks that Mexican’s were criminals and rapists the sane thought he was simply wrong and rude. That he was whistling to the racist sentiments of the Republican base trying to appeal to their hate. As time has progressed and his attacks have targeted people of every type of orientation, ranging from disabled reporters, to female Fox News hosts, to judges, to most recently a deceased Muslim-American War Hero concerns and chances are that Trump may suffer from mental illness.
In the beginning we thought he was a narcissist. Now, professionals have begun to speculate that it’s more serious, that the Orange Man and self-proclaimed God-King of the Republic may have Narcissistic Personality Disorder, even speculating that the severity could be so high as to warrant sociopathy – that he may not realize how out of touch with the world he really is.
Come to present day, and now a Congresswoman has posted a petition on change.org calling for Trump to undergo a mental health evaluation.
The petition reads: Donald Trump is dangerous for our country. His impulsiveness and lack of control over his own emotions are of concern. It is our patriotic duty to raise the question of his mental stability to be the commander in chief and leader of the free world. Mr. Trump appears to exhibit all the symptoms of the mental disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Mental health professionals need to come forward and urge the Republican party to insist that their nominee has an evaluation to determine his mental fitness for the job. It is entirely possible that some individuals with NPD can successfully function in many careers, but not the Presidency of the United States. We deserve to have the greatest understanding of Mr. Trump’s mental health status before we head to the polls on November 8th, 2016. #DiagnoseTrump
The symptoms which are cause for concern:
Narcissistic Personality Disorder DSM IV Criteria:
Definition: A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:
(1) Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements);
(2) Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love;
(3) Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions);
(4) Requires excessive admiration;
(5) Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations;
(6) Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends;
(7) Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others;
(8) Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her;
(9) Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.
The internet has its own opinions on diagnosing Trump:
— Jeffrey Flier (@jflier) July 30, 2016
Don't #DiagnoseTrump and make him the face of any mental illness he may have. It stigmatizes the mentally ill who manage to not be vile.
— L. D. Lewis (@ElleLewis6) August 4, 2016
Mental illness is not Trump’s problem. His problem is bigotry, hate, and bad (and thoroughly American) politics. #DiagnoseTrump
— Andrea Grimes (@andreagrimes) August 4, 2016
Bigotry is a choice. Hatred is a choice. Using #diagnoseTrump conflates behavioral choices with mental health issues, which aren't a choice.
— Ultimate Oddball (@ultimateoddball) August 4, 2016