A prominent psychiatrist has questioned President Donald Trump’s mental health, saying his diagnosis of “mental illness” may be “unrealistically” based on the media’s portrayal of him.
Psychiatric experts Dr. Ann Arbor Arbor and psychiatrist Dr. Robert Siegel have released a new statement arguing that the President’s diagnosis may not be accurate.
In an op-ed published by the New York Times on Tuesday, Arbor, who is also a professor at New York University, argued that Trump’s treatment of former President Obama during his “medical emergency” of late 2011, and the way he responded to his “hospitalization” during his first 100 days in office, may be too “extreme” to be considered “medically appropriate.”
“The media has often described the President as ‘psychotic,’ ‘dangerous,’ and ‘mentally unstable,’ and some of these descriptions have been widely shared,” Arbor wrote.
“But the media coverage of President Trump has not been based on reality.
In fact, President Trump is no more mentally ill than any other American.
He has been well-treated by the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and other organizations, and he has been receiving care and treatment for years.”
Trump’s treatment has not always been so great, Arbors opinion continues.
During his medical emergency of late 11-12-2011, when he was hospitalized with pneumonia and a high fever, Trump was diagnosed with pneumonia, a rare condition that affects the lungs.
The President also spent several days in the hospital for dehydration and anorexia, and then went to his home and had surgery on his throat.
After returning home, Trump went on to spend several days at his home in Palm Beach, Florida, during which time he was reportedly receiving care for pneumonia, which doctors said was not related to his illness.
When the media began depicting Trump as mentally ill in 2011, Trump took steps to try and mask his illness from the public.
Trump spent time in his Florida home in a hospital bed, and had an open and full-body casket with an elaborate embalming protocol.
The public was not told what was going on inside his body, and it was not until the end of 2011 that he finally admitted that he had pneumonia.
The following year, Trump returned to Washington, D.C., to continue his treatment for pneumonia and began to show improvement.
A number of medical experts including Dr. Richard Siegel, the chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and former Vice President Joe Biden also said that the diagnosis was “unusual.”
In an interview with CNN in March, Biden called the diagnosis “unreasonable,” and said that “most Americans do not have this kind of chronic medical illness.”
In his book, “The Art of the Deal,” Biden said he thought the diagnosis of mental illness was “not that unreasonable.”
And Arbor added that she believed that “Trump’s mental illness is more likely due to the media hype that he has received for a long time.”
Trump has repeatedly claimed that he suffers from “mental health issues,” including post-traumatic stress disorder and “toxic stress,” but in recent days he has come out in support of the diagnosis.
He said on Twitter that he was “100 percent healthy” after undergoing a “medical” emergency.
And during his speech on Thursday, Trump said that he’s not mentally ill because “the media don’t get me.”
In a statement, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said that Trump “did not call it ‘a medical emergency.’
Rather, he used his personal time to recover from a viral illness and to heal from it.”
President Trump is not mentally unstable and he does not suffer from any mental health issues.
He is a strong, respected, and patriotic American who has shown tremendous strength in dealing with his illness and his difficult political situation,” Hicks said.
While many experts agree that Trump is likely not mentally healthy, they also believe that he does need to address some of his issues, particularly regarding his treatment of veterans.