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Psychiatry Experts Say Trump Has 'Dangerous Mental Illness'

During a conference at Yale's School of Medicine on Thursday, a group of psychiatrists warned that President Donald Trump is not fit to lead the country. They've decided he has a 'dangerous mental illness', and that he is a danger to the U.S. Ironically, in throwing ethics out the window, the psychiatrists say they feel an 'ethical responsibility' to warn people.

Dr. John Gartner led the charge. The doctor is a founding member of the group 'Duty to Warn', a group of mental health professionals worried about the president's mental health.

“Worse than just being a liar or a narcissist, in addition he is paranoid, delusional and grandiose thinking and he proved that to the country the first day he was President. If Donald Trump really believes he had the largest crowd size in history, that’s delusional,” said Gartner.

Psychiatrists aren't supposed to diagnose public personalities as per the Goldwater Rule. Barry Goldwater was a candidate in 1964 when a magazine called Fact surveyed 12,000 psychiatrists about whether he was psychologically fit to lead. While more than 9,000 psychiatrists didn't respond, and more than 1,200 more said he seemed fine or they didn't know enough, some 1,189 psychiatrists answered he was not psychologically fit. That is what made the headline: "1,189 Psychiatrists Say Goldwater is Psychologically Unfit to Be President!”

This led to the Goldwater Rule being written into the American Psychiatric Association Principles of Medical Ethics: "On occasion psychiatrists are asked for an opinion about an individual who is in the light of public attention or who has disclosed information about himself/herself through public media. In such circumstances, a psychiatrist may share with the public his or her expertise about psychiatric issues in general. However, it is unethical for a psychiatrist to offer a professional opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted proper authorization for such a statement."

In 2007, an APA publication addressed such requests by the press by saying, "It is alarming and an embarrassment for our profession to have reckless assertions of this kind disseminated by the media." The website urged psychiatrists to adhere to professional standards.

Yale psychiatrists aren't interested in professional standards, however, in this time of such political division. They've started a petition.

“We, the undersigned mental health professionals (please state your degree), believe in our professional judgment that Donald Trump manifests a serious mental illness that renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President of the United States," it reads. "“And we respectfully request he be removed from office, according to article 4 of the 25th amendment to the Constitution, which states that the president will be replaced if he is 'unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office'."

Source: Independent
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