Sunday, November 6, 2016


*Update:  Donald Trump is now President of the United States of America, and his signs of dementia are being supported by his press secretary Sean Spicer who declared in his first press conference that "magnometers"were responsible for the small crowd size at the president's inauguration. This is classic conspiracy theorists, opportunists, exploiters of the mentally ill, Roger Stone and Alex Jones mumbo jumbo.  President Trump, in my view, is now a hostage of sorts, to his handlers, family, the media even, and anyone around him who wants to capitalize on his mental illness, and his the leader of the free world. I even created a website awhile back: that I hoped would wake a few folks up.  It did not. Now, in the coming months, I expect the media to start writing stories up, and selling those stories. But just remember, I wrote and tweeted about Trump's dementia before it was cool, before it was profitable. And while there was still time for something to be done before he was given ...the nuclear codes, and so, so much more.


Just yesterday (November 5) a big part of the What- the- Hell- is -Wrong -with- Donald-Trump? puzzle finally hit me. Trump's behavior is more than just severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcissistic personality disorder, as a start. No. Trump is showing clear signs of some form of dementia. In simple terms, he really is creating his own reality. So he doesn't just flat out lie all the time.  Sometimes he confabulates.  Pretty sure Rudy Guiliani is confabulating too, but I haven't studied him as much.  I have personal and professional experience witnessing confabulation in dementia patients.  It's fascinating, challenging, and at times very, very sad.

But Donald Trump is running for President of the United States. I believe his people, aides, supporters, and family know what is going on and they're hiding it pretty well, but not completely. Perhaps some are in denial, especially family.  It is not easy to accept these signs and what they ultimately mean with loved ones. The ones who are not in denial, however,  are consciously enabling him, knowing full well he can't now nor could he ever navigate the powers and responsibilities of the office of the President.   

Confabulation - defined as the spontaneous production of false memories: either memories for events which never occurred, or memories of actual events which are displaced in space or time. These memories may be elaborate and detailed. Some may be obviously bizarre, as a memory of a ride in an alien spaceship; others are quite mundane, as a memory of having eggs for breakfast, so that only a close family member can confirm that the memory is in fact false. It is important to stress that confabulators are not lying: they are not deliberately trying to mislead. In fact, the patients are generally quite unaware that their memories are inaccurate, and they may argue strenuously that they have been telling the truth. Neither should confabulation be confused with false memory syndrome, the phenomenon whereby otherwise normal individuals suddenly "remember" supposedly-repressed incidents of childhood abuse or other trauma.
Catherine E. Myers. Copyright © 2006 Memory Loss and the Brain
**Below are excerpts from an article by New York Times writers Maggie Haberman, Ashley Parker, Jeremy W. Peters and Michael Barbaro. In this quite thoughtful article, I found these glaring examples that describe a 70 year old man teetering into dementia, and the men and women circling around him to keep Mr. Trump and the Trump Train churning to what may be a very bittersweet ending.  

Is Donald Trump suffering from dementia?