Trump’s Mental Health Poses Danger, Psychiatrists Warn

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"We believe that Mr. Trump, in the office of the presidency, poses a danger to the public, and in fact the international community," Dr. Bandy Lee told Salon's Andrew O'Hehir on "Salon Talks."

Lee is a professor of law and psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, and also editor of the new book "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President."

Under the guise that these mental health professionals feel a "duty to warn" and a "duty to protect" the public, an array of experts chart President Donald Trump's clinical symptoms, potential diagnoses and most importantly, his danger to the public at large.

"Assessing dangerousness is actually more about the situation and not just about the person, whereas a diagnosis would be about the person and stays with the individual," Lee explained. "So, a certain individual may be dangerous in a certain position of power and not dangerous in another situation."

When identifying Trump's signs of danger or emergency, as the professionals use to describe his presidency and personality in the book, Lee said she would run out of time listing them all.

However, "the most obvious ones are verbal aggressiveness, history of sexual assault, incitement of violence at his rallies, attraction to violence and powerful weapons, provocation of hostile nations," she said.

And the list continues. "Since this book has been out," Lee continued, "there's the endorsement of violence and an encouragement of a kind of culture of violence, which could give rise to epidemics of violent behavior, which has happened after Charlottesville."

Trump's taunting of nuclear power, Lee says, is "probably our greatest concern."

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