I’m the last one to think less of a person who is taking psychoactive medications to control depression or other conditions. In fact, I think it’s great that he’s getting the treatment that he needs, and that it may help him be a better president.
I do, however, find the knowledge that the president has been diagnosed with paranoia to be very disturbing. And the side effects are extremely worrying.
The prescription drugs, administered by Col. Richard J. Tubb, the White House physician, can impair the President’s mental faculties and decrease both his physical capabilities and his ability to respond to a crisis, administration aides admit privately.
The article goes on to mention Dr. Justin Frank’s book Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President in which he diagnosed Bush as a “paranoid meglomaniac” and “untreated alcoholic.” I’ve paid no attention to Frank’s book, finding its very premise to be unethical and in violation of the APA and other guidelines. The man admits that he has never treated the president and isn’t privy to his medical records, yet he claims that he can diagnose him.