Trump has dangerous mental illness

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The Independent
Donald Trump has ‘dangerous mental illness’, say psychiatry experts at Yale conference

Mental health experts say President is ‘paranoid and delusional’

Donald Trump has a “dangerous mental illness” and is not fit to lead the US, a group of psychiatrists has warned during a conference at Yale University.

Mental health experts claimed the President was “paranoid and delusional”, and said it was their “ethical responsibility” to warn the American public about the “dangers” Mr Trump’s psychological state poses to the country.

Speaking at the conference at Yale’s School of Medicine on Thursday, one of the mental health professionals, Dr John Gartner*, a practising psychotherapist who advised psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, said: “We have an ethical responsibility to warn the public about Donald Trump’s dangerous mental illness.”

Dr Gartner, who is also a founding member of Duty to Warn, an organisation of several dozen mental health professionals who think Mr Trump is mentally unfit to be president, said the President’s statement about having the largest crowd at an inauguration was just one of many that served as warnings of a larger problem.

“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,” he added.

Chairing the event, Dr Bandy Lee, assistant clinical professor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, said: “As some prominent psychiatrists have noted, [Trump’s mental health] is the elephant in the room. I think the public is really starting to catch on and widely talk about this now.”

James Gilligan, a psychiatrist and professor at New York University, told the conference he had worked some of the “most dangerous people in society”, including murderers and rapists — but that he was convinced by the “dangerousness” of Mr Trump.

“I’ve worked with some of the most dangerous people our society produces, directing mental health programmes in prisons,” he said.

“I’ve worked with murderers and rapists. I can recognise dangerousness from a mile away. You don’t have to be an expert on dangerousness or spend fifty years studying it like I have in order to know how dangerous this man is.”

Dr Gartner started an online petition earlier this year on calling for Mr Trump to be removed from office, which claims that he is “psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of President”. The petition has so far garnered more than 41,000 signatures.

It states: “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.

“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’.”

The claims made in the conference have drawn criticism from some in the psychiatric establishment, who say they violate the American Psychiatric Association’s “Goldwater rule,” which states psychiatrists are not to give professional opinions on people they have not personally examined.

They have also been condemned by Republicans, including Connecticut Republican Party Chairman JR Romano, who accused the group of “throwing ethical standards out the window because they cannot accept the election results.”

Responding to the criticism, Dr Gartner said: “This notion that you need to personally interview someone to form a diagnosis actually doesn’t make a whole lotta sense. For one thing, research shows that the psychiatric interview is the least statistical reliable way to make a diagnosis.”

A spokesperson for Yale University told The Independent the panel at the conference abided by the Goldwater rule during the discussions, but that the organiser was “troubled” by the “silencing of debate”.

“The panel at Yale School of Medicine abided by ‘the Goldwater rule’. Eminent psychiatrists were invited to speak about whether there are other ethical rules that override it, as in ordinary practise,” said the spokesperson.

“The organiser, Dr Bandy Lee, agrees with the Goldwater rule but is troubled by its recent expansion (as of March 16, 2017) and the silencing of debate. She hopes that the public and politicians will understand that mental health issues are not to be used as a weapon, just as other health issues are not.

“Dr Gartner was invited as an activist and was not on the actual panel. The organiser emphasises that the event was independently organised and did not represent the views of Yale University or Yale School of Medicine.”

The doctors have said that even if it is in breach of tradition ethical standards of psychiatry, it was necessary to break their silence on the matter because they feared “too much is at stake”.

It is not the first time Mr Trump’s mental health has been called into question. In February, Duty to Warn, which consists of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers, signed an open letter warning that his mental state “makes him incapable of serving safely as president”.

The letter warned that the President’s tendency to “distort reality” to fit his “personal myth of greatness” and attack those who challenge him with facts was likely to increase in a position of power.

* John D. Gartner has not been affiliated with Johns Hopkins since 2015

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  1. The Goldwater rule is the informal name given to Section 7.3 in the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) code of ethics,[1] which states it is unethical for psychiatrists to give a professional opinion about public figures they have not examined in person, and from whom they have not obtained consent to discuss their mental health in public statements.[2] It is named after presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.[3][4]

    The issue arose in 1964 when Fact published the article “The Unconscious of a Conservative: A Special Issue on the Mind of Barry Goldwater.”[3][5] The magazine polled psychiatrists about American Senator Barry Goldwater and whether he was fit to be president.[6][7] The editor, Ralph Ginzburg, was sued for libel in Goldwater v. Ginzburg where Goldwater won $75,000 (approximately $579,000 today) in damages.[3]

  2. Every gutless cowardly so called “professor” at the intellectual cesspool Yale University at New Haven, Connecticut, in addition to having a duty to warn the public about well known criminal liar and cheater and con artist Trump, who refused to rent to blacks in New York as documented by the late Wayne Barrett, top investigative journalist in NY, also have a duty to speak up and warn the public about the massive Sandy Hook Gun Grab Hoax December 14, 2012 where no, zero kids or adults were killed that day because the school was not even a functioning school and there is not one iota of physical or forensic evidence to prove they died while many criminals in Connecticut have not been brought to justice for these massive crimes on a duped public . Shame shame shame on every cowardly gutless so called “professor” at this cesspool of higher learning in the country. Shame on Henry C. Lee, Ph.D. also for his cowardly silence protecting all these hoaxers who lied and cheated the duped public and continue to get away with it today due to government corruption. Shame on Trump for failing to bring them to Justice since he has been in office as is his sworn duty as if that meant anything today.

    • The Sandy Hook Gun Grab Hoax is also proved in a book “Nobody Died at Sandy Hook” by Professor Dr James H. Fetzer, Ph.D. et al available to read for free at rense.com as it is the only book of about 19 which was censored by Amazon and Jeff Bezos while all others sustained the media lies about Sandy Hook. This book contains a mountain of indisputable evidence and facts clearly demonstrating that Sandy Hook was a massive gun grab hoax to promote the gun control agenda. Also Barry Soetoro has published a number of videos like Sloppy Sniper and others clearly demonstrating this was a hoax for those who have trouble reading as evidently most of the so called “professors” at Yale University do have trouble with since they obviously have not read this free book free book. Professor Fetzer is a distinguished retired professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He has published many papers and books. He is also a former U.S. Marine Corps Captain.

    • Wolfgang Halbig, former school principal and administrator and national school safety expert, made a valiant personal effort to expose the massive Sandy Hook Gun Grab Hoax by filing freedom of information act lawsuits against the corrupt school board at Newtown, Connecticut and many other totally legal actions. Two police officers were sent to his home and threatened him. Other Hoaxers who have been scamming the public using Go Fund Me as a sympathy scam, also threatened him and his family while the totally corrupt authorities did zero or nothing to investigate these threats to him and his family forcing him into silence. Our country and its totally corrupt government is today a shameful expletive deleted disgrace to put it mildly. Wolfgang was criminally obstructed and ridiculed and hounded out of town in the totally corrupt cesspool Connecticut more accurately called Corrupticut.

  3. Even this won’t be enough. There are too many people who continue to stand by and support this delusional and sick man. However, if there is a groundswell of action against Trump, the GOP will have to take note and action.Failure to do so could mean the end of the GOP.
    We are all in danger. Very grave danger. This maniac could very well start WWIII.

    • Pence no better than Trump, the only hope might be if he doesn’t have any Jewish daughter and son in law. There is no need for shrinks that apply pseudo scientific conclusions when most people are becoming aware of being close to a sudden radioactive blast. Gotham Shield is ushering oncoming hard times. .

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