Donald Trump has 'dangerous mental illness', warn psychiatric experts

Jane Howdle
President Trump: Unfit to lead? (Rex)
President Trump: Unfit to lead? (Rex)

A group of psychiatric professionals have warned that Donald Trump is dangerously unfit to lead the country.

After a meeting of experts at Yale University yesterday, psychologist Dr John Gartner said of Mr Trump’s mental health: “We have an ethical responsibility to warn the public about Donald Trump’s dangerous mental illness.”

Dr Gartner, who specialises in Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), bipolar disorder, and depression, leads Duty To Warn, a group of mental health experts who consider Mr Trump – who’s coming up to 100 days in office – an unfit President.

The group believes President Trump suffers from a combination of anti-social personality disorders and extreme narcissism.

He’s the type of person, according to Dr Gartner, who would “routinely violate the rights of others, lie and have no remorse”.

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The group cites various examples of Mr Trump’s concerning behaviour, including his unfounded claims that then-President Barack Obama had his ‘wires tapped’ at Trump Tower, and this month’s ‘impulsive’ bombing of a Syrian airbase.

He also has form for chauvinistic behaviour, notably his infamous ‘pussy-grabbing’ remarks that were picked up during his campaign.

Mr Trump has attempted to address this issue in recent weeks, launching a charm offensive during a speech to the Women’s Empowerment Panel.

The Duty To Warn group isn’t convinced, however, and has so far collected 41,000 signatures calling for President Trump’s removal.

Set up by Dr Gartner, the petition is called ‘Mental health professionals declare Trump is mentally ill and must be removed.’

Its message states: “We, the undersigned mental health professionals (please state your degree), believe in our professional judgement 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.'”

Dr Gartner set up the Change.org petition aimed at removing Mr Trump from power
Dr Gartner set up the Change.org petition aimed at removing Mr Trump from power

Not everyone agrees, however. Some other mental health experts argue that it’s impossible to make such a diagnosis without a one-to-one consultation.

Dr Gartner disagrees, saying, “For one thing, research shows that the psychiatric interview is the least statistical reliable way to make a diagnosis.”