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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Brain injury doctor Ford Vox: When President Trump slurred his words during a news conference this week, some Trump watchers speculated that he was having a stroke. I watched the clip and, as a physician who specializes in brain function and disability, I don't think a stroke was behind the slurred words. But having evaluated the chief executive's remarkable behavior through my clinical lens for almost a year, I do believe he is displaying signs that could indicate a degenerative brain disorder. ... I see worrisome symptoms that fall into three main categories: problems with language and executive function; problems with social cognition and behavior; and problems with memory, attention, and concentration. None of these are symptoms of being a bad or mean person. Nor do they require spelunking into the depths of his psyche to understand. Instead, they raise concern for a neurocognitive disease process in the same sense that wheezing raises the alarm for asthma.

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The persistence of fixed beliefs about the crowd size at his inauguration, President Obama having a fraudulent birth certificate, or millions of undocumented people voting for Hillary Clinton suggest either a shocking willingness to lie, which falls into the behavioral dysregulation category, or a memory disorder that hobbles the president with fixed delusions that cannot be swayed by contradictory information. The New York Times opinion section has catalogued an astounding collection of the president's lies so extensive that such lying implicates the cognitive systems that undergird one's hold on what has happened in one's life.

If the president is questioning whether the Access Hollywood videotape of himself celebrating a lifestyle rife with misogyny and sexual assault is really him, that worries me more about a memory disorder than a particularly poor effort at gaslighting.

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Language and executive dysfunction

Language is closely tied with cognition, and the president's speech patterns are increasingly repetitive, fragmented, devoid of content, and restricted in vocabulary. Trump's overuse of superlatives like tremendous, fantastic, and incredible are not merely elements of personal style. These filler words reflect reduced verbal fluency. Full transcripts of the president's interviews with outlets like the New York Times and Time reveal the extent of his disorganized thought patterns....

Dysfunction of social cognition and behavior

Some of the president's most concerning behaviors suggest a decline in social cognition: reduced insight and awareness into the thoughts and motivations of other people, coupled with symptoms like impulsivity and disinhibition that make him behave rudely and create needless controversy....

Episodes like these often occur because of impaired frontal lobe brain systems. These typically provide some degree of restraint from saying the first thing that crosses your mind. In a healthy brain, these ideas must make their way through multiple layers of checks and balances that take into account the social propriety and appropriateness of the audience for a given remark. Such frontal impairment often does not stop at troublesome communication, but has physical manifestations such as childlike facial expressions and physical restlessness, both features we see in Trump.


#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-12-09 07:21 AM | Reply

And...

Dysfunction in memory, attention and concentration

The integrity of other primary cognitive domains like memory, attention, and concentration are tied up in all of the problems I mention above. Memory impairment is specifically implicated in episodes like forgetting to sign orders -- not once, but twice -- that were the purposes of the press events the president was attending. Attention and focus are key to forming memory; the lack of either makes it more likely to forget why one was in a room in the first place.

The persistence of fixed beliefs about the crowd size at his inauguration, President Obama having a fraudulent birth certificate, or millions of undocumented people voting for Hillary Clinton suggest either a shocking willingness to lie, which falls into the behavioral dysregulation category, or a memory disorder that hobbles the president with fixed delusions that cannot be swayed by contradictory information. The New York Times opinion section has catalogued an astounding collection of the president's lies so extensive that such lying implicates the cognitive systems that undergird one's hold on what has happened in one's life.

If the president is questioning whether the "Access Hollywood" videotape of himself celebrating a lifestyle rife with misogyny and sexual assault is really him, that worries me more about a memory disorder than a particularly poor effort at gaslighting.

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-12-09 07:22 AM | Reply

After the slurring speech he's either "dentures don" or "dementia don."

#3 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-12-09 07:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"fixed delusions that cannot be swayed by contradictory information."

Doesn't that pretty much describe the R platform?

#4 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-12-09 09:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump's allegedly going to be examined by a medical doctor in a few months. I predict that will never happen, or if it does the report won't see the light of day.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-09 09:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There's nothing that says you can't be neurologically impaired AND a bad man.

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-09 09:20 AM | Reply

No but Chuck and Nancy both should be tested and then put into a hospital.

#7 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-09 10:35 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Our President will get the same physical exam which Obama received when he goes for the Presidential checkup in 2018.

#8 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-12-09 11:19 AM | Reply

Our President will get the same physical exam which Obama received when he goes for the Presidential checkup in 2018.

One difference'll be the attending physician'll need a magnifying glass to find Trump's ---- for the hernia check. Unlike Pres Obama, where the Dr had to have an attendant move Obama's ---- and ----- out of the way due to the sheer size. I'm not even going to speculate on the prostate exam except that it'll take some serious lube to even get a pinky into that anally-retentive ----.

#9 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-12-09 11:40 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

#8

Your president.

#10 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-09 11:43 AM | Reply

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Damn, I though he was the president of the USA, Doin't you live in the USA?

#11 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-09 12:47 PM | Reply

I thought we preferred to keep US policy from getting between a person and their doctor.

#12 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-12-09 02:11 PM | Reply

#11

Not your USA.

#13 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-09 02:51 PM | Reply

I thought...
#12 | POSTED BY AVIGDORE

Liar.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-09 03:10 PM | Reply

Not your USA.

#13 | Posted by Zed

If you don't, then you don't get to vote. If you don't vou you don't get to bitch.

#15 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-09 05:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

They all should be tested. The Boston Globe reported on October 11 that:

"A D.C. pharmacist says his pharmacy has filled prescriptions for "pretty serious health problems" for members of Congress, including drugs for Alzheimer's disease, according to a new interview published in STAT news."

These are the people who are supposed to be setting taxes and spending and deciding when to declare war.

#16 | Posted by TenMile at 2017-12-10 03:59 PM | Reply

Doesn't that pretty much describe the R platform?

#4 | Posted by SomebodyElse

You know I was thinking they are describing half the conservatives I know. Except that Donald's speech and word choice bit - which is true. He seems unable to form intelligible sentences more than half the time.

#17 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-12-10 04:40 PM | Reply

Easy way to test Trump's brain.

play a game of chess with him and see how long it is till he starts playing checkers.

#18 | Posted by Tor at 2017-12-10 04:59 PM | Reply

#15

You seem to think that Donald Trump is entitled to something more than contempt.

Donald is a traitor. He has the title president. That won't last unless he attempts the coup that's his only chance to save his worthless ass.

#19 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-10 06:28 PM | Reply

All rhetoric and a waste of cognitive reasoning. Nothing is being done, no consequences for the president reacting to every small detail or perceived infraction, as if he were a toddler. When a specific action happens to stop the president then fill this space with the who, what, when and where. Otherwise, stop writing about him and stop giving him the airspace and he will wither away, as a plant does without sunshine.

#20 | Posted by mikeedge at 2017-12-10 08:45 PM | Reply

Or it could be that all Trump's cognitive abilities are intact and he's just a common run-of-the-mill traitor who is guilty of collaborating with a foreign enemy to destroy America.

We all know that Trump's not the brightest bulb on the string by normal presidential standards. But if we know it, so does Valdemar Putin, the real brain that operates the puppet. That's an opinion that's fairly conclusive. Trump's admiration of a Russian dictator who runs his own country with an iron fist and one who steamrolls any dissenters is right on par with Trump's plan for America and himself. The wheels are already in motion ~ in case no one has noticed.

It's what we don't know ~ and what Trump doesn't want us to know ~ that's behind Trump's motives to destroy the investigation that's about to expose the traitorous collaboration and all it's dirty underbelly.

#21 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-11 04:09 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

We, as Americans who care about the future of our country, need to cut this cancerous tumor (Trump) out of America's nerve center before it metastasizes.

#22 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-11 04:35 AM | Reply

This article implies he had a well-functioning brain in the first place. I'm not convinced.

#23 | Posted by JOE at 2017-12-11 07:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"This article implies he had a well-functioning brain in the first place."

Objection, Your Honor: facts not in evidence!

#24 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-12-11 08:48 AM | Reply

JOE

It's a gradual atrophy.

#25 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-11 09:59 AM | Reply

He's a degenerate, all right.

#26 | Posted by cbob at 2017-12-11 03:58 PM | Reply

Seems like Trump has put all his eggs in Putin's basket. He really thinks he's going to beat this thing.

#27 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-11 04:51 PM | Reply

After the slurring speech he's either "dentures don" or "dementia don."

#3 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood

You just described the dem leader of the house.

#28 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-11 06:19 PM | Reply

You seem to think that Donald Trump is entitled to something more than contempt.

Donald is a traitor. He has the title president. That won't last unless he attempts the coup that's his only chance to save his worthless ass.

#19 | Posted by Zed

You are a wild eyed dreamer.

#29 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-11 06:20 PM | Reply

SNIPER

As my ol' grandpappy used to say, "When it's you against the world, the smart money's on the world."

#30 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-12 02:18 AM | Reply

SNIPER

What's wrong with you anyway? Is it pride? Is it because the person you trusted is now giving you a royal screwing ~ and you can't admit it? Does it hurt so bad that you have to block it out?

Give us a nice sincere mea culpa and all will be forgiven. I promise.

#31 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-12 05:24 AM | Reply

You just described the dem leader of the house.

#28 | POSTED BY SNIPER

Sniper, what's going on lately with you? You're barely even phoning the posts in these days.

Maybe it's time to take a break? Recharge that AAA battery of a brain for a few days?

#32 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-12 09:23 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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