I think it might be a good time amid the activities of Governor Rod Blagojevich to at least examine the possibility of mental illness. Kristen McQueary of the “SouthTown Star” part of The Sun-Times News Group seems to agree with me and I don’t think the possibility is without basis.
Her article, “Is Blagojevich mentally ill-seriously?” suggests, without malice that Blagojevich may not be able to control his actions.
Just in the last couple of days he seems to have been out of touch with the seriousness of the charges against him and the possible consequences. Waving and kidding with the press along with exclaiming that he “has sunshine over him not a cloud,” doesn’t seem to be the actions of a person who is rationale.
McQueary’s article makes three major assessments about Blagojevich.
She says recently Blagojevich had his staff cover the back windows in his office with brown paper.
McQueary suggests that Blagojevich may suffer from Narcissism which often begins early in life. When a person has it they deviate from normal behavior even knowing there are great risks involved. Keep in mind the incident with the brown paper signaling possible paranoia.
Blagojevich has always maintained arrogance and has a history of demanding Congress assemble or he would freeze normal government activities along with bullying tactics.
Finally, Blagojevich said on the wiretap that he “wanted money.” He makes a lot of money.
The article goes on to say that the Illinois Governor may feel cornered because his wife was making hundreds of thousands but that dried up when her boss was indicted. Also Blagojevich’s best friend Christopher Kelly was indicted on a number of financial crimes.
While I am not a doctor I still would feel comfortable offering another suggestion: Manic depression. I have a very good understanding of the illness because it is in my family on an extensive basis.
When a person has manic depression, they alternate between feeling very good, even high and feeling depressed. When they are in the mania it does not matter what is going on around them they don’t worry. Another sign of mania is belligerence and aggressive behavior.
Like I said, I’m not a doctor. However I question why we don’t demand of our public leaders, especially those in high office, an annual physical and mental exam. Doesn’t that make sense?
I mean ill health whether it is physical or mental can cause someone to make terrible decisions.
Isn’t it possible, based on his actions, that Governor Blagojevich has a mental or emotional problem? Wouldn’t it be a shame if that is what is at the root of this mess?