Psychiatrists in Boston are warning that President Barack Obama is “inappropriate” to discuss “the deep trauma of his PTSD” in public and should avoid “repetitively blaming others” for his condition.
In an article published Wednesday, The Boston Globe noted that Obama was at the University of Massachusetts Amherst this week for a conference, and did not attend the media scrum when asked about his condition this week.
“I don’t think he’s in the position to speak on it,” said Dr. Michael Wieser, who heads the psychiatric center at the university.
“I think he should just stay home, but we’ve seen the effects of this, and we’ve known about this, for a long time.”
“If you look at the effects on people with PTSD, they’re less responsive to medication,” Wiesert said.
“They don’t respond to the therapy that is available to them.”
He continued, “So if you don’t want to talk about it, then don’t.
Don’t give the impression that you’re being tough on him.”
Obama has been asked about the condition and other ailments he is dealing with since he was elected in 2008.
He has addressed the condition in interviews and on the campaign trail, including at an event last week in Pennsylvania, where he said he had “tremendous levels of PTSD.”
The president, who recently made a rare public appearance in his hospital room, did not respond to a request for comment for this story.
But in a video that went viral this week, the president said he did not suffer from PTSD and said that the only way to treat it was to “stop blaming others.”
“When you see the way that we treat other people and treat them, you see how bad it is, and I mean this very clearly, I think it’s time for the country to get a handle on it and get a grip on it, and take care of this problem,” he said.
“It’s not just about me, it’s not about the President, it is about all of us,” he added.