A poll of George W. Bush's mental health was available from June 22, 2004 till its location (http://pub.alxnet.com/poll?id=2421214) was cancelled by the poll folks.
The sample poll is shown below, but first here are the top votes for various snapshots; the date of each snapshot links to the location where you can see the full report:
|Date of snapshot.||Number of votes.||Most popular vote.|
|(03.17.2005)||899||Dry drunk (as Alcohol-Related Disorder NOS) (DSM 291.9). 217 (24%).|
|(01.12.2005)||821||Dry drunk (as Alcohol-Related Disorder NOS) (DSM 291.9). 204 (24%).|
|(12.20.2004)||797||Dry drunk (as Alcohol-Related Disorder NOS) (DSM 291.9). 198 (24%).|
|(10.30.2004)||631||Dry drunk (as Alcohol-Related Disorder NOS) (DSM 291.9). 162 (25%).|
|(10.11.2004)||506||Dry drunk (as Alcohol-Related Disorder NOS) (DSM 291.9). 133 (26%).|
|(07.22.2004)||109||Dry drunk (as Alcohol-Related Disorder NOS) (DSM 291.9). 133 (26%).|
|(07.08.2004)||79||Dry drunk (as Alcohol-Related Disorder NOS) (DSM 291.9). 22 (27%).|
|(07.05.2004)||70||Delusional Disorder (297.1) and Dry drunk (as Alcohol-Related Disorder NOS) (DSM 291.9). Each 19 (27%).|
|(06.29.2004)||40||Delusional Disorder (297.1) 13 (32%).|
|(06.22.2004)||10||Delusional Disorder (297.1). 5 (50%)|
Final Results of Ariadne Unst's poll on George. W. Bush's mental health
|Count of |
[Final poll opinions on the most obvious mental health problem of George. W. Bush.]
|10%||(97)||Antisocial Personality Disorder (DSM 301.7).|
|8%||(79).||Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder predominantly hyperactivity (DSM 314.01).|
|20%||(181).||Delusional Disorder (DSM 297.1).|
|24%||(217).||Dry drunk (as Alcohol-Related Disorder NOS) (DSM 291.9).|
|20%||(183).||Narcissistic Personality Disorder (DSM 301.81).|
|5%||(50).||Politician Syndrome (proposed new DSM category 333.333).|
|5%||(48).||Some other mental health diagnosis.|
|4%||(44).||No problem: he is mentally healthy.|
What you bring to this poll may well be similar to what Henrik Hertzberg, in his review in the May 10, 2004, New Yorker of Bob Woodward's Plan of Attack suggests that people bring to that book:
|"Depending largely on what you bring to Plan of Attack, you can go away from it thinking . . . that President Bush is a rapidly maturing leader whose decisiveness and serene resolution more than make up for the thinness of his knowledge, or that he is a callow, shallow post-adolescent whose self-confidence is propped up by fantasies of toughness and virtue that are now being enacted in other people's blood."|
A Gallup survey conducted for CNN and USA Today showed (as reported in December 29, 2004, San Jose Mercury News) that G. W. Bush had the lowest post-election rating of any American President re-elected since World War Two:
By May 12, 2006, ABC at http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200605/s1637620.htm reported approval of G.W. Bush fell to 29%.
Plan of Attack
by Bob Woodward.
Intesting blog of political data and links:
Includes a chart that show increase in the state-by-state percentage of G.W. Bush votes.
[Votes from Dave Leip's Atlas of US Presidential Elections; education numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics for state per-pupil expenditures.]
Also refers to unfutz.blogspot.com/2004/06/fat-chance.html, a chart that correlates a state's level of obesity and how the state voted for G.W. Bush.
|As this poll is not about IQ, we feel
that we are not twisting your clicking finger by bringing you this item of cultural information:
lisez l'etiquette svp (read the label, please)
A clothing label from Lepow (www.lepow.com/tag) a small U.S.A. company that sells their product in France has this translation of the French part of the label:
In the USA, mental health professionals use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) as a standardized approach to classify mental health disorders.
For each syndrome, DSM-IV gives a general description and a list of criteria. Clients mildly impaired by a syndrome meet at least the minimum number of criteria. Clients seriously impaired meet all the conditions. Differential diagnosis is made by ruling out other diagnoses with similar symptoms.
Personality is described by Comer as "A unique and long-term pattern of inner experience and outward behavior which leads to consistent reactions across various situations."
Personality Disorder is described by Comer as "A very rigid pattern of inner experience and outward behavior that differs from the expectations of one's culture and leads to dysfunctioning (sic)."
The New York Times on Tuesday, June 8, 2004 (www.nytimes.com) published its top story titled Lawyers Decided Bans on Torture Didn't Bind Bush. Its authors, Neil A. Lewis and Eric Schmitt, reported:
|"Administration lawyers concluded in March 2003 that the president was not bound by a treaty prohibiting torture."|
A "Dry Drunk" is a recovering alcoholic no longer drinking, yet whose thinking is clouded.
In American Politics Journal [October 11, 2002], inspired by Alan Bisbort's article "Dry Drunk " -- Is Bush Making a Cry for Help?, Katherine van Wormer discusses the symptoms. "Such an individual", she writes, "tends to go to extremes."
Behavior patterns tend to include many of the following:
Is it possible to be "Drunk on Power"? Senator William Fulbright (in The Arrogance of Power) wrote "The causes and consequences of war may have more to do with pathology than with politics, more to do with irrational pressures of pride and pain than with rational calculation of advantage and profit."
Alan Bisbort list of characteristics of the "dry drunk" include:
Bush drank heavily, starting in his teens he began years of binge drinking. He was convicted in 1976 in Maine for D.U.I. He has chosen to not speak about his reported drug use during that time.
At age 40, he decided to abstain from alcohol.
Van Wormer suggests that George W. Bush has the traits "of addictive persons who still have the thought patterns that accompany substance abuse" and that residual effects from his substance abuse could cloud his thinking and judgment. She writes: "His behavior is consistent with barely noticeable but meaningful brain damage brought on by years of heavy drinking and possible cocaine use."
[Katherine van Wormer is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa.]
For differential diagnoses consider also:
Also see opednews.com for associated features and differential diagnoses. The latter points out that several diagnoses have some of the same symptoms. They include:
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