Psychologist John Gartner has written an editorial for USA Today in which he breaks the signs that President Donald Trump is suffering a significant cognitive decline and needs to be tested for dementia.
In his essay, Gartner says he was alarmed for several months about Trump's mental condition, and said his concerns only grew as he followed the continued lapse of the president's language patterns.
"In Alzheimer's disease, as language skills deteriorate, we see two types of speech disorders or paraphasias," he writes. "Semantic paraphasia involves the choice of the wrong words… Phonemic paraphasia, which is linked to the moderate to severe stage of Alzheimer's disease, is described as" the replacement of a word with a non-word that preserves at least half of the segments and / or the number of syllables of the desired word ".
As examples of these disorders, Gartner recalls that the president asked to know the "oranges" of the Mueller probe, as well as the references to the "midtowm" and "midturn" elections.
While these errors can be excused as harmless gaffes, Gartner says they are just a sign that Trump's mental faculties are failing.
"Trump's speech patterns appear even more cluttered when you pass the sound bite and watch a whole speech. Switch from one thought to another in a parade of non-sequiturs, often interrupting you in the middle of a sentence for divert into another free association, "he writes. "When commentators described his two-hour speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month as" upset ", they referred largely to this quality."
Read the entire editor here.