There’s this unbelievably ableist campaign called #DiagnoseTrump where people are trying to label him with a mental illness to “prove he is unfit for office.” Right now the top two illnesses people claim he has are NPD and BPD and that terrifies me–countless laypeople and “professionals” claim he has a personality disorder. The stigma against personality disorders (especially Cluster B) has risen exponentially.
It appalls me that fellow Trump opposers have done the very thing they criticize him for: demonizing a minority population to engender hate. They claim that for someone to be as abhorrent and hateful as he is, he *must* have a personality disorder because no neurotypical is capable of such horrendous actions and attitudes.
They can’t diagnose him. Only a professional who assesses him over several therapy sessions can. And by the way, you don’t have to have a personality disorder to be a bad person. Bad people exist. Bad mentally healthy people exist. I’d wager the vast majority of bad people out there don’t have a personality disorder at all; if they did, personality disorders would be far more common.
Take care of yourselves, especially if your illness has been targeted by this campaign. I know it’s really gotten to me lately but remember that we are far stronger than they will ever know.