A trio of psychiatrists has sent a letter to President Barack Obama advising him to command President-elect Donald Trump to submit to “a full medical and neuropsychiatric evaluation.” The psychiatrists want Obama to make Trump get his head examined because they believe Trump “cannot distinguish between fantasy and reality.”
Here is the full text of the apparently wholly serious letter:
“Dear President Obama,
We are writing to express our grave concern regarding the mental stability of our President-Elect. Professional standards do not permit us to venture a diagnosis for a public figure whom we have not evaluated personally. Nevertheless, his widely reported symptoms of mental instability — including grandiosity, impulsivity, hypersensitivity to slights or criticism, and an apparent inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality — lead us to question his fitness for the immense responsibilities of the office. We strongly recommend that, in preparation for assuming these responsibilities, he receive a full medical and neuropsychiatric evaluation by an impartial team of investigators.”
The authors of the letter are Nanette Gartrell, Dee Mosbacher and Judith Herman.
Gartrell, a retired psychiatry professor, is currently the principal researcher for the US National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study, an outfit which tracks lesbians who have children through artificial insemination.
Gartrell is married to Mosbacher, one of the other two authors of the letter to Obama about Trump’s “mental stability.”
Mosbacher, a retired professor and filmmaker who “understands the suffering caused by homophobia from a psychological and psychosocial point of view,” is Gartrell’s “spouse of 40 years,” according to Gartrell’s bio. Photos of Mosbacher and of Gatrell show them with identical haircuts and remarkably similar eyeglasses.
A website promoting a book by Gartrell features a photo of Obama sandwiched between Gartrell and Mosbacher, with his arms around both of them.
A 2005 story in The New York Times memorializes the actual marriage between Gartrell and Mosbacher. The Times story notes that the lesbian couple tied the knot in Canada.
Also of interest, Mosbacher’s father, Robert Mosbacher, was the U.S. commerce secretary under President George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1992.
Herman, the third author of the letter questioning Trump’s “fitness for the immense responsibilities” of the presidency, is a part-time psychiatry professor at Harvard Medical School.
The Huffington Post’s publication of the letter urging Obama to force Trump to undergo psychiatric intervention includes an explanation of the American Psychiatric Association’s definition of narcissistic personality disorder.
There are nine criteria for narcissistic personality disorder, HuffPo says, including “exaggerates achievements and talents,” “is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success,” believes “that he or she is ‘special,'” “requires excessive admiration” and “is interpersonally exploitative.”
“If someone does criticize them, even in a Tweet or on a television comedy show, it triggers this deep and painful lack of self-esteem and they MUST lash out to relieve the pain of the criticism,” The Huffington Post reports.
HuffPo writer Richard Greene — a “communication strategist” who was previously the host of a radio show called “Hollywood CLOUT!” — worries that Trump, as president, will unilaterally use the U.S. military or even “7,000 nuclear warheads” to lash out at “a perceived or real enemy” who crosses him personally.
The Huffington Post also links to interviews (on Facebook and on YouTube) with Lynne Meyer, a clinical psychologist “trained in South Africa” who is deeply concerned about the impending Trump presidency.