Section 7 of the American Psychiatric Association’s Principles of Medical Ethics of 1973 reads as follows:
“On occasion psychiatrists are asked for an opinion about an individual who is in the light of public attention or who has disclosed information about himself/herself through public media. In such circumstances, a psychiatrist may share with the public his or her expertise about psychiatric issues in general. However, it is unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement.”
There is no rule I have ever been happier to have been accused of violating than this one, when I published the first seven chapters of my book, “The Unauthorized Psychoanalysis of Rudolph Giuliani” in the Amsterdam News and the Daily Challenge newspaper in the seven weeks between March 28, 2000, and May 12, 2000. That is, I have never been happier until now. My latest unauthorized psychoanalysis is “The Unauthorized Psychoanalysis of Donald Trump.”
As in the case of my first unauthorized psychoanalysis, this book is obviously just my personal opinion, no matter how professionally it is rendered. It is my opinion about a man many other professionals have already labelled as narcissistic, sociopathic or just plain crazy and dangerous. In the case of Donald Trump, some of the brightest lights in white American Psychiatry and psychology have already gone on record labeling him as ill.
Psychologist John Gartner who taught psychology for 28 years at Johns Hopkins University began his article published in U.S.A Today with the words, “If you take President Trump’s words literally, you have no choice but to conclude that he is psychotic.”
In a letter to President Obama, Judith Hermann M.D., a professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School, who is also the author of former New York Times best-seller “Trauma and Recovery,” Nanette Gartrell, M.D., a former member of the faculty of Harvard University and Dianne Mosbacher, M.D., Ph.D., wrote, among other things, that Trump’s “widely reported symptoms of mental instability—including grandiosity, impulsivity, hypersensitivity to slights or criticism and an apparent inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality—lead us to question his fitness for the immense responsibilities of the office (of president of the United States).” These psychiatrists went on to recommend that Trump, “receive a full medical and neuropsychiatric evaluation by an impartial team of investigators.”
Never mention fake hair in a psychiatric report
So the purpose of my book, deliberately overstated as a “psychoanalysis,” albeit “unauthorized,” is to offer a Black psychiatric perspective on a man who, if the U.S. was a hospital, could, in the manner of Hair Club CEO Matt Heinz, boast, “I am not just the CEO. I am a patient.”
The perspective of this psychoanalysis has to be different from the above mentioned doctors, because I am identifiably a descendant, not of Americans but of African people who were held in chains (enslaved) by at least 18 former holders of that office. Until March 2015, the official logo of the APA featured a picture of Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, who is known as the father of American psychiatry. Just to put the APA and their rules into perspective, consider this: Rush, considered a butcher by many of his colleagues, supported practices such as bloodletting and blistering as treatments, and wrote that Blacks suffered from a curable noncontagious form of leprosy called Negritude or Negroidism. He also wrote that Blacks do not feel pain as sharply as whites, a rationale that allowed other butchers such as J. Marion Sims, a former president of the American Medical Association, to do dozens of surgeries without the benefit of anesthesia on African women he owned. So, quite naturally, it takes real pathology to cause me to distinguish Trump’s insanity from so many other presidents, be it of the AMA, APA or USA.