In a recent insightful dialogue with Salon's Chauncey DeVega, Dr. Justin Frank, a former clinical professor of psychiatry at George Washington University Medical Center and author of "Trump on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President," offered a stark assessment of former President Donald Trump's mental state.
Dr. Frank, reflecting on Trump's recent conduct during the E. Jean Carroll defamation trial, which culminated in a remarkable $83.3 million damage award, bluntly stated, "Donald Trump appears to be psychotic." Dr. Frank suggests that Trump's behavior, increasingly erratic under the weight of multiple criminal indictments and advancing age, indicates a significant mental strain, bordering on collapse.
He points out that Trump's long-standing disdain for rules and immediate, impulsive reactions to unfavorable situations have been hallmarks of his character since childhood. Illustrative anecdotes, such as throwing rocks at a toddler neighbor or physically confronting his second-grade teacher and his son, underscore a pattern of unchecked aggression.
Trump's Eroding Restraint
The psychiatrist emphasizes that, typically, people's core traits intensify with age. For Trump, this means his thin veneer of self-restraint is eroding, revealing a more fundamentally destructive nature.
His recent courtroom demeanor – characterized by muttering, anger, and disruption – is a testament to this decline. Further raising concerns, Dr. Frank referenced a Rolling Stone report about the substantial quantities of drugs, including ketamine (often used for severe depression), dispensed by the Trump White House's pharmacy.
This information, coupled with Trump's behavioral patterns, paints a picture of a man increasingly detached from reality. Dr. Frank's analysis is unequivocal: Trump is a profound threat. His disdain for laws and dictatorial aspirations, paired with his extreme narcissism, create a volatile mix.
Trump, according to Frank, is not someone who will quietly acquiesce or break under pressure. Instead, he is more likely to react destructively, targeting anyone who opposes, defies, or harms him. This assessment, grounded in Dr.
Frank's professional expertise, offers a sobering view of the former president's current psychological state amidst ongoing legal and personal challenges.