President Donald Trump may be harming the mental health of Americans, an American-British columnist worried.
Writing in The New European, Bonnie Greer wondered if Trump is “driving” the United States mad.
“A thought experiment: imagine a day without Donald Trump. Imagine a day without his face, his name, his shenanigans constantly in the news,” Greer wrote. “An acquaintance of mine suggested this course of action after declaring that Donald Trump had driven him to seek psychiatric help. It has led me to wonder whether the president is literally making us sick.”
She wondered if Trump’s antics might be behind the rise of mass shootings in America.
“With the curve in mass shootings rising during his administration – including the biggest in US history – is Trump unleashing anger?” she asked. “Could the 45th president of the United States be stirring up something primal, threatening and deep?”
“But a group of US psychiatrists and mental health officials calling themselves ‘Duty To Warn’ are coming out against it, in an effort to warn the public about the effect of Donald Trump. The term ‘duty to warn’ refers to the responsibility that a therapist or counsellor has to third parties or authorities if a client poses a threat to themselves and/or others,” she explained. “The implication being that the behavior of the president may be harming the fragile and those on the brink.”