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Is the President Nuts? Diagnosing Dubya
Author Deborah
Date 02/11/02/11:37
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Is the President Nuts?
Diagnosing Dubya

Many people, inside and especially outside this
country, believe that the American president is nuts,
and is taking the world on a suicidal path. As a
board-certified psychiatrist, I feel it's my duty to
share my understanding of his psychopathology. He's a
complicated man, under tremendous pressure from both
his family/junta, and from the world at large. So the
following is offered with humility and questioning, in
the form of a differential diagnosis.

From the Freudian point of view:

Dubya may be acting out a classical Oedipal
drama--overcome Daddy to get Mommy. By deposing
Saddam, when his father did not, he may want to prove
himself more worthy of his mother's love. His
rationale that he is avenging the assassination
attempt on George, Sr., may be a reaction formation-
his way of hiding the true motive from himself.

From the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Fourth

Antisocial Personality Disorder--301.7

There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and
violation of the rights of others since age 15 years
as indicated by at least three of the following: 1)
failure to conform to social norms with respect to
lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing
acts that are grounds for arrest; 2) deceitfulness, as
indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or
conning others for personal profit or pleasure; 5)
reckless disregard for safety of self or others; 7)
lack of remorse by being indifferent to or
rationalizing having hurt, mistreated or stolen from

Another possibility from DSM IV:

Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly Multiple
Personality Disorder) 300.14

A) The presence of two or more distinct identities,
each with its own enduring pattern of perceiving,
relating to and thinking about the environment and

B) At least two of these identities or personality
states recurrently take control of the person's

This disorder is typical of people raised by satanic
cults, and might explain how Dubya can think of
himself as a born-again Christian and yet worship
money, oil and profit, and sanction killing thousands
of innocent Iraqi and Afghani children.

Another possibility:

Narcissistic personality disorder 301.81

1) has a grandiose sense of self-importance-
exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be
recognized as superior without commensurate

2) in preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success,
power, brilliance, beauty or ideal love;

3) believes that he or she is "special" and unique and
can only be understood by, or should associate with,
other special or
high-status people;

4) requires excessive admiration;

5) has a sense of entitlement- unreasonable
expectations of especially favorable treatment or
automatic compliance with his or her

6) is interpersonally exploitative;

7) lacks empathy, is unwilling to recognize or
identify with the feelings and needs of others;

9) shows arrogant, haughty behavior or attitudes.

This set of characteristics may describe Rumsfeld and
Cheney better than Dubya.

Or, for those who feel that he's just a puppet for

Dependent Personality Disorder 301.6

1) has difficulty making everyday decisions without an
excessive amount of advice and reassurance from

2) needs others to assume responsibility for most
major areas of his life;

3) has difficulty expressing disagreement with others
because of fear of loss of support or approval;

4) has difficulty initiating projects or doing things
on his own because of a lack of self-confidence in
judgment or abilities.

5. goes to excessive lengths to obtain nurturance and
support from others, to the point of doing things that
are unpleasant.

From a Jungian point of view:

Dubya may be identifying with an archetype (as Hitler
did with the ubermensch)--something out of
Revelations, perhaps, whereby he sees himself as an
instrument of God's will to bring about Armageddon.

Dr. Carol Wolman is a board certified psychiatrist, in
practice for 30 years. She can be reached at:

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