Firstly, I must apologize: we have managed to pretty much make this forum Trump-free up to this point, and I am now the one to ruin it...
Something has been bugging me. I keep seeing references to Trump as being mentally ill. Even if he is diagnosable as having, say, narcissistic personality disorder, I still find these references offensive.
From a BBC article:
" 'He may be a world-class narcissist, but this doesn't make him mentally ill, because he does not suffer from the distress and impairment required to diagnose mental disorder.' "
' He added: "Mr Trump causes severe distress rather than experiencing it and has been richly rewarded, rather than punished, for his grandiosity, self-absorption and lack of empathy.'
' "It is a stigmatising insult to the mentally ill (who are mostly well behaved and well meaning) to be lumped with Mr Trump (who is neither).'
' "Bad behaviour is rarely a sign of mental illness, and the mentally ill behave badly only rarely. Psychiatric name-calling is a misguided way of countering Mr Trump's attack on democracy." '
Actually, I should correct myself: it is starting to piss me off.
I've been on twitter for over a month now (I had an account for a long time but never used it... I started a new one just to mock Trump) and I keep seeing tweets about this. I recently read one that said:
"Trump is going to explode. Sadly, you can't keep severe mental illness in check for very long. Something will push him over the edge. Soon."
I often reply to these tweets with something like, "arrogance, stupidity, bigotry, racism, and misogyny aren't signs of mental illness".
So, anyways, I wanted to hear what others here might think about this...