A psychology professor who has studied President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is concerned by the president’s attacks on the mentally ill.
“I am not saying this is a political issue.
It is an assault on human spirit,” said Dr. James Cantor, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine.
Cantor, who is also a clinical psychologist, said he believes the president is mentally ill, though he did not elaborate.
Cranton said the president has said he is “disgusted” with the mental health care providers who treat him, though they are not doing enough to protect him from the attacks.
He said Trump is a “puppet of the psychiatrists.”
“They are not treating him.
They are treating him as a puppet,” Cantor said.
“The president is the puppet, and the puppet is the psychiatrist.
He is the puppeteer.”
Cantors warning comes amid growing scrutiny of the president and the medical community, including a bipartisan commission that has called for an investigation into his mental health.
The president has repeatedly lashed out at mental health professionals, including at a rally in Florida last month, saying he believes they are “the greatest frauds” in the history of medicine.
Carmen Garcia, a former psychiatrist who now heads a mental health group, said the commission is “wrong.”
“The commission has absolutely no idea what the actual science is,” Garcia said.
“The American Psychiatric Association has been pushing back on it.
They have not been able to get the White House to acknowledge that the president believes this, and he is wrong.”
Cortana said the psychiatrist is “not suggesting that people who are mentally ill are less intelligent than other people,” but that he thinks the president “has been trying to get people to believe he is a fraud.”
Crantons research is focused on the effects of social exclusion on people with mental illness.
He has found that the presence of social isolation can increase the risk of developing a psychotic illness.
In the 1970s, Cantor was part of a group of researchers that developed the “mental health intervention protocol” to treat people with severe depression, including schizophrenia.
He wrote the protocol for the American Psychiatric Assn.
and wrote about it in his book, “The Mind of the President.”
The protocol, which included treatment for anxiety, social isolation, and other stressors, was later revised to reduce the risk for psychotic symptoms.
Canton said he did research on the treatment of mental illness, including that of a patient he helped develop, to determine how effective it was.
Catherine J. Frompovich, an associate professor at Stanford University who has done extensive research on mental illness issues, said Cantor’s comments have raised concerns among mental health experts.
“Cantorcets research on how to help people with schizophrenia, I would hope that that would be taken seriously by the mental-health community,” Frompovic said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.