Assistant Clinical Professor in Law and Psychiatry BANDY X. LEE
The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. With Dee Mosbacher, Hosted by Joanna Manqueros.
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“There will not be a book published this fall more urgent, important, or controversial than The Dangerous Game of Donald Trump.” — Bill Moyers
In this current New York Times’ bestseller, more than two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists offer their consensus view that Trump’s mental state presents a clear and present danger to our nation and individual well-being. This is not normal.
Since the start of Donald Trump’s presidential run, one single question has quietly yet urgently permeated the observations of concerned citizens: What is wrong with him?
Constrained by the American Psychiatric Association’s “Goldwater Rule,” which inhibits mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined, many of those qualified to answer this question have shied away from discussing the issue at all. The public has thus been left to wonder whether he is mad, bad, or both.
In The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump twenty-seven psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health experts argue that, in Mr. Trump’s case, their moral and civic “duty to warn” America supercedes professional neutrality. They then explore Trump’s symptoms and potentially relevant diagnoses to find a complex – if also dangerously mad – man.
Philip Zimbardo and Rosemary Sword, for instance, explain Trump’s impulsivity in term of “unbridled and extremepresent hedonism.” Craig Malkin writes on pathological narcissism and politics as a lethal mix. Gail Sheehy, on a lack of trust that exceeds paranoia. Lance Dodes, on sociopathy. Robert Jay Lifton, on the “malignant normality” that can set in everyday life if psychiatrists do not speak up.
His madness is catching, too. From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump Administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, Trump has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and far beyond.
It’s not all in our heads. It’s in his.
Host Joanna Manqueros graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a Phi Beta Kappa before earning a Masters in Social Work at S.F. State University. She worked as a therapist at Kaiser Hospital, where she has been co-chair of the Diversity Committee in Psychiatry for many years. In addition, she has been a host of KPFA’s Music of the World since 2005.
Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div., is Assistant Clinical Professor in Law and Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. She earned her degrees at Yale, interned at Bellevue, was Chief Resident at Mass General, and was a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School. She was also a Fellow of the National Institute of Mental Health. Lee has worked in several maximum-security prisons, cofounded Yale’s Violence and Health Study Group, and leads a violence prevention collaborators group for the World Health Organization. She’s written more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, edited eleven academic books, and is author of the textbook Violence. Previously nonpartisan and politically inactive, she recently held a conference at Yale School of Medicine on the ethical rules about discussing the dangerousness of a presidency due to mental instability
Dee Mosbacher, M.D., Ph.D., is a psychiatrist and Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker who was formerly on the faculty of University of California, San Francisco. As a public-sector psychiatrist, Dr. Mosbacher specialized in the treatment of patients with severe mental illness. She served as San Mateo County’s Medical Director for Mental Health and Senior Psychiatrist at San Francisco’s Progress Foundation. The Diane (Dee) Mosbacher and Woman Vision Papers are archived at the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College. Dr. Mosbacher’s films are also contained within the Smithsonian National Museum of American History collection.