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Quote of the Day: Don the Con Has No Mental Problems, Says Government Doctor

2018-01-21

“I’ve found no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought processes,” said the president’s physician, Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, a rear admiral in the Navy.

This from a New York Times article about the superficial, brief screening mental exam given to Don the Con by his “personal physician”, a Navy officer who has worked in the White House for many years.  The doctor neglected to mention that the exam took ten minutes out of his complete physical, and that the screening examination is not recommended for routine use by major medical societies– although, under Obamacare, physicians are reimbursed for using it on Medicare patients yearly.

Some observers have noticed a deterioration in Don’s behavior over the past few years– signs such as repeating certain words and losing his train of thought during extemporaneous speeches, not to mention the fact that he repeats the same stories over and over again.  Michael Wolff, in his new book, mentioned that Don seemed to repeat the same stories again within five or ten minutes instead of being able to go thirty minutes before saying them all over again.

Don faces a significant risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) because his father was diagnosed with this disease at age 86 and died seven years later at 93, in 1999; AD is inherited but is more likely if the subject’s mother has the disease rather than the father.  Age is the greatest risk factor for AD; one in fourteen adults over 65 is affected.   High cholesterol is also a risk factor, which may be reduced by treatment with cholesterol-lowering drugs (Don is taking Crestor for this.)

The most important mental issue for Don the Con is personality disorder; he suffers from extreme narcissism and a deep paranoia that, for example, inhibits his ability to shake hands when introduced.  He is afraid of being poisoned, and one of his reasons for preferring McDonald’s is that the food is precooked and therefore he believes that a poisoner would not be able to anticipate his showing up at a local McDonald’s for a meal. 

Personality disorders and paranoia especially are difficult to detect in psychiatric interviews, although there is a screening test called the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) and its derivative, the MMPI-2.  While this test is very popular and easy to take, chances of Don voluntarily submitting to it are nil because of the depth of his paranoia.

Paranoia is especially problematic because the sufferer has a tendency to lash out, and if the condition is severe, take preemptive measures to foil his imagined enemies.  The victim is also likely to punish innocent bystanders, and what is worse, even provoke conspiracies to control or imprison him.  The Mueller investigation is a classic example of a paranoid’s nightmare.  It is likely that Don was entirely unaware of the gravity or extent of Vladimir Putin’s efforts to co-opt him and this only aggravates his sense of injured innocence.  Sufferers at the hands of Don’s administration may take some comfort in the notion that Don himself is enjoying the tortures of the damned in his own mind.

(image courtesy of pixabay, the free picture resource) 

 

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