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Psychotherapist: Trump Is Not 'Crazy'

Psychotherapist: Trump Is Not 'Crazy'

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Yokota Air Base in Fussa, Japan, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:46 AM

Psychotherapist Andrew Snyder said President Donald Trump is not "crazy" in an opinion piece he wrote for Fox News that examines political bias in the mental health field.

There has been a wave of resistance among medical practitioners who have been questioning the president's mental stability, however Snyder said that, in his expert capacity, he disagreed with these allegations.

"This is not a professional diagnosis," he wrote. "It is a political statement, being used by Trump's opponents in the mental health field to attack him because they oppose what he is trying to accomplish in Washington."

Snyder's statements come in response to various incidents in which psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have publicly claimed that Trump was mentally ill.

Most recently, a book that contained the opinions of 27 mental health practitioners as to why Trump was mentally unstable made it onto The New York Times bestseller list.

Entitled "In The Dangerous Case Of Donald Trump," the book put forth the notion that Trump was a "complex, if also dangerously mad, man," according to its synopsis on Amazon.

Snyder has argued that it is unethical for medical practitioners to make such a diagnosis without having consulted with the patient — in this case Trump.

"The American Psychiatric Association has a rule forbidding psychiatrists, who are physicians, from making public diagnoses about someone's mental health without personally examining the person," he noted.

Baltimore psychologist John Gartner has launched an online petition addressed to Trump's cabinet seeking to have the president removed from office.

"Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President of the United States," the petition on Change.org reads.

However, Snyder pointed out, Garner did not always voice the opinion that Trump was mentally ill.

In an article written for New Republic in 2015, Garner drew comparisons between Trump and other former presidents.

"There's another reason that no one has considered yet, a secret weapon that has propelled past charismatic politicians like Bill Clinton and Theodore Roosevelt to the White House: hypomanic temperament," he wrote about Trump's popularity.

Garner was quick to add, "To be clear, I'm not using my authority as a professor of psychiatry to call Trump mentally ill. Hypomanic temperament is not an illness."

Snyder wondered what brought about Garner's turnabout.

"It is safe to bet that it was the unexpected outcome of the 2016 presidential election and a fervent desire by the president's opponents to delegitimize him and overturn a free and fair election and the people's choice," Snyder wrote.

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