The US president has a severe case of anxiety and depression, but it has long been difficult to track how many people in his administration are suffering from it.
A new Gallup poll, however, shows that while a small number of the president’s Cabinet members have been identified as having a mental disorder, the vast majority of Americans have no idea that their government is spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year on the care of those with mental health conditions.
The survey, which surveyed 1,965 people between July 24 and 27, shows almost 70 per cent of Americans believe that there is a “small number” of people in their government that have a mental illness, while a third of Americans said they did not know.
“I think that is a very significant number,” said Dr N. Shyamal Thakkar, the senior author of the Gallup poll.
“And it suggests that Americans are aware that there are people in the US government that are mentally ill.”
The survey also found that while Trump has not been diagnosed with a mental ailment, he does have a history of depression.
About half of Americans (51 per cent) believe that the president suffers from “major depression”, and about three quarters of them (76 per cent), said that they had been “diagnosed with major depression”.
However, about two-thirds of the public (66 per cent, or 636,000 people) said that Trump had never experienced depression, and a whopping 71 per cent (723,000) believed that Trump did not suffer from major depression, when they first encountered him.
The survey also revealed that Americans who knew Trump was depressed were more likely to blame him for the country’s woes.
About a third (32 per cent or 8,000,000 Americans) said Trump’s political rise was due to his depression, while 19 per cent said it was because of a political rival, and another 14 per cent blamed his lack of energy or temperament.
More:The poll found that more than half (54 per cent ) of the people polled believe that Trump’s wife Melania, who is married to the president, is a drug addict.
About three-quarters (76%) of Americans believed that Melania was also “high on prescription drugs”, and that the Trump administration was using their health care system to “make a quick buck”.
However a small majority of those polled (52 per cent , or 1,091,000 ) said that Melania’s drugs use did not reflect her mental health.
“She is clearly a drug abuser and is doing drugs for the sake of drugs,” said Thakki.
The Gallup survey, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, also found more than a third believe that many of Trump’s former aides and associates are “mentally ill”.
About three quarters (73 per cent and 785,000 , respectively) of the surveyed said that there were people who had “a very serious mental health condition” or had a “significant mental illness”, while a quarter (26 per cent as of the last two months) said they were “mentately ill”.
Trump’s former chief strategist Stephen Bannon, who has long maintained that the “deep state” is working to remove him from power, has been singled out as a potential cause of Trump-induced mental health problems.