We have been hearing a lot of speculation lately on the subject of President Trump’s mental behavior.
I dusted off my copy of the DSM-5 which is a reference book put out by the American Psychiatric Association. The book titled Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders lays out a comprehensive breakdown of Mental disorders. I thumbed through the manual and picked out a couple of disorders that some would say may explain some of Trump’s mental characteristics. Let me make clear that I only did this exercise for entertainment and self-interest. Although I am pretty well-informed on a couple of the disorders, I am not a psychiatrist and have no qualifications that could even suggest that I really know what I am talking about and ultimately have no business suggesting that the information even relates to the President. Also don’t look through this publication or any other to resource and try to diagnose your own condition. That is what doctors are for. Self diagnosis, or self-treatment which is common with resources like Webmd is dangerous and will usually cause more problems than it helps. All of that being said, here are a couple of mental conditions that may cause pause for thought.
Antisocial Personality Disorder: A pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others, occurring since the age of 15, as indicated by three or more of the following:
- Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors, as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest.
- Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure.
- Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead.
- Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults.
- Reckless disregard for the safety of self or others.
- Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations.
- Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to, or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another.
B. The individual is at least age eighteen years of age.
C. There is evidence of conduct disorder with onset before age 15.
D. The occurrence of antisocial behavior is not exclusively during the course of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder: 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:
- Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (eg. exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements).
- Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty or ideal love.
- 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).
- Requires excessive admiration.
- Has a sense of entitlement (i.e. unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations).
- Is interpersonally exploitative (i.e. takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends).
- Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.
- Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.
- Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.
Ok…that is all I have for this post.