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Experts debate Trump’s mental health in US press

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j864 (Published 17 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j864
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Although the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association both hold that it is unethical for their members to diagnose conditions in public figures from afar, providers from both specialties have weighed in on the US president’s mental fitness.

In a letter to the New York Times on 13 February,1 35 mental health professionals said that “too much was at stake” for them to remain silent any longer about Donald Trump’s mental health. Through his speech and actions, they wrote, the president has demonstrated that he was unable to tolerate views different from his own, leading him …

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