Psychologists Respond To Trump’s Mental Health/ TX Shooting Remarks Perfectly

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Does Donald Trump know anything about mental health? A group of 27 renowned psychiatrists and psychologists does not think he does in their book The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, especially when it comes to violence.

After the mass shooting in a house of worship in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which left 26 dead and 20 wounded, Trump blamed the incident not on guns but, according to NBC, upon:

‘A mental health problem.’

This is an interesting tactic. If the president truly believed that mental health was behind the thousands and thousands of gun deaths in the U.S. every year, why would he cut funding for mental health via Medicaid in his tax bill?

The American Psychological Association (APA) president, Antonio E. Puente, PhD. wrote a statement on its site in response to Donald Trump blaming mental health:

‘The vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent. A complex combination of risk factors, including a history of domestic violence, violent misdemeanor crimes and substance use disorders, increases the likelihood of people using a firearm against themselves or others.’

The APA is the “largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the U.S. It defines its organizational goal as:

‘The APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.’

Trump called the Texas shooting a “mental health problem at the highest level,” and not “a guns situation.”

Let’s cut the BS already. pic.twitter.com/YrxMZDVhJb

The APA pointed out that there is proof that there are certain individuals in “high-risk” groups who should not have access to guns. Puente wrote:

‘Firearm prohibitions for these high-risk groups have been shown to reduce gun violence. The suspect in this case, Devin Patrick Kelley, exhibited several of these red flags.’

Puente wrote that calling gun violence a “mental health problem” is a distraction:

‘Gun violence is a serious public health problem that requires attention to these risk factors, as well as more research to inform the development and implementation of empirically based prevention and threat assessment strategies. Calling this shooting a ‘mental health problem’ distracts our nation’s leaders from developing policies and legislation that would focus on preventing gun violence through a scientific, public health approach.’

The authors of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump said this about the president on Amazon’s book description:

‘His madness is catching, too. From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, he has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond. t’s not all in our heads. It’s in his.’

Longtime journalist and political commentator, Bill Moyers’ comment on the book for Amazon said:

‘There will not be a book published this fall more urgent, important, or controversial than The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump…profound, illuminating and discomforting.’

One of the authors of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, Craig Malkin, discussed the president’s “pathological narcissism and politics as a lethal mix.”

The APA is an international organization. It includes 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations. The nonprofit reports that it:

‘(Has) 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations.’

The APA ‘s membership includes:

 ‘Nearly 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students.’

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