Was Hitler mentally ill?
There is a great deal of debate on whether Adolf Hitler might have been mentally ill. Several books were written on this issue and one of them, The Medical Casebook of Adolf Hitler by Leonard L. Heston, MD, and Renate Heston, RN, suggested that Hitler did not suffer from bipolar, schizophrenic, paranoid schizophrenic or Parkinson’s disease. He was diagnosed as a chronic addict to amphetamine and barbiturate. The authors offered numerous clues to this addiction. Hilter can be seen moving his hand back and forth on his upper legs in a way consistent with amphetamine use in 1936 Olympic Games video1. The injections were widely believed to be multi-vitamins specially formulated for the Fuhrer, ceased on occasion, throwing Hitler into severe depression, a common symptom among newly abstinent amphetamine or cocaine addicts2. He engaged in all night monologues with endless repetition of stories, along with disorganized thinking and confused syntax, which one would not expect from a supreme orator like Hitler3. The authors attributed his increased in volatile mood swings and paranoia to the side effects of amphetamine use. According to this book, Hitler took barbiturates every night during World War II to help offset the effect of amphetamines to allow him to sleep. As his use progressed, he started to experience tremors, often mistaken as Parkinson’s disease. The authors argued that heavy amphetamine use mimics Parkinson’s disease and they strongly believe that Hitler was not mentally ill, but was just a chronic addict who suffered the adverse effect of personality, thinking, perception and behavioural changes due to the potent mixture of narcotics used. Dr. Tom Hutton, an American neurologist, presented that the effect of Parkinson’s disease on Hitler’s brain may have contributed to his slower movements and reactions. He said 40% of Parkinson’s disease sufferers lose decision making functions and become mentally inflexible4.
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