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Psychiatrists at Yale conference: ‘We must warn the public of Trump’s dangerous mental illness’

Meeting specifically to discuss the mental state of the President of the United States, five psychiatrists are sounding the alarm on what they say is Trump’s…

Meeting at Yale to specifically discuss the mental state of the President of the United States, five psychiatrists are sounding the alarm on what they say is Trump’s “dangerous mental illness.”

“We have an ethical responsibility to warn the public about Donald Trump’s dangerous mental illness,” said Dr. John Gartner, a practicing psychotherapist who advised psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins University Medical School.

According to Gartner and his colleagues, Trump suffers from a serious case of pathological narcissism, making him a danger to the world.

“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,” Gartner continued. “If Donald Trump really believes he had the largest crowd size in history, that’s delusional.”

Even a seasoned psychiatrist like Dr. James Gilligan, who’s worked with violent criminals, is disturbed by Trump’s behavior.

“I’ve worked with murderers and rapists, I can recognize dangerousness from a mile away,” Gilligan said. “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.”

The conference has drawn criticism from some in the psychiatric community who believe psychiatrists should not give public opinions on people they have not personally examined.

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

A Yale University spokesman clarified that the conference was independently organized and did not reflect the views of the school.

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