Psychiatric Evaluation of Trump - A Compilation of Blogs by a Canadian Psychiatrist

Two Years of Trump on the psychiatrist's couch provides an analysis of the president by Canadian psychiatrist and author/artist, Dr David Laing Dawson
Two Years on the Psychiatrist's Couch
Two Years on the Psychiatrist's Couch
DUNDAS, Ontario - Jan. 7, 2019 - PRLog -- It is perilous for a psychiatrist to write about a political figure and it is unethical to analyze or diagnose someone without actually examining that person within the social contract of a doctor/patient relationship. And to make those findings public one needs the consent of the patient.

But Dr Dawson has done just that because, as he says, "we live in a moment of history when the leader of the free world (as the president of the United States is so often called) may hold in his hands the future path of democracy, the fate of millions all over the world, and, ultimately, the fate of our planet.

And that fact, I think, trumps (sorry) all the caveats. It is a time that anyone who can see the dangers posed by this man has a duty to speak up.

I started these blogs before Donald J. Trump was improbably elected. The most popular among them has been my assessment of Donald J. Trump's mental and emotional age. I arrived at an age simply from observations of his behaviour and his statements, while asking the question, "At what age in development would one expect, or not be too shocked, to observe this behaviour?" I came up with an average of 14. Though occasionally his displays of sibling rivalry and his assessment of his own greatness are definitely pre-pubescent.

We become easily inured, desensitized. The outrageous and abnormal can be made to feel normal. A step at a time. The German government enacted something like 50 laws over a short historical period, starting with restricting Jews from Union Leadership.

Some of the political pundits on television comment regularly on the 'abnormal' becoming 'normal'. But the very presentation on TV contributes to the desensitization.

These blogs constitute my interpretation of the journey we are on with the Presidency of one Donald J. Trump as it is happening."

In his career, Dr Dawson has been psychiatrist in chief of the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital (now part of St Joseph's Health System) and a professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. He presently practices child and adolescent psychiatry. He is the author of academic books and mysteries as well as being a play write (notably MacBush, the musical). He is also an artist of note and co-owner of the Galley on the Bay in Hamilton, Ontario.

Two Years of Trump on the Psychiatrist's Couch is published by Bridgeross Communications in Dundas, Ontario and will be released on January 15. It is available now for pre-order in Kindle format and in print from various booksellers like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It is distributed by Ingram.

Two Years of Trump on the Psychiatrist's Couch, ISBN 978-1-927637-32-6 $17.95 print.

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