Is it unethical to opine on Donald Trump’s mental health?

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Donald Trump Official Portrait (Wikimedia Commons)

Over the last couple years there has been extensive discussion concerning the fact that Donald Trump demonstrates characteristic of the clinical diagnoses of psychopathy and Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). (See for example this important June 2016 article which appeared in The Atlantic.)

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Impeachment or Impairment — the Inevitability of Trump’s Removal

Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, and professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School. His latest book is Debtors’ Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility. He writes columns for The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe and the New York Times international edition. 

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Not Okay: Sarah Silverman Calls for Military to Overthrow President Trump

Comedian Sarah Silverman has called for the military to overthrow President Trump:

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Whether this was a joke or a serious comment, this is not okay. We have mechanisms to remove a POTUS from office: impeachment and impairment. There is no need to advocate a coup d’etat. Given the divisions in the country, this is not helpful.

The Narcissistic Mind of Donald Trump

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Dan P. McAdams is a professor of psychology and the director of the Foley Center for the Study of Lives at Northwestern University. He is the author of George W. Bush and the Redemptive Dream: A Psychological Portrait and The Art and Science of Personality Development. In the June 2016 issue of The Atlantic, he offers an interesting perspective on Donald Trump.

From the article’s conclusion:

Who, really, is Donald Trump? What’s behind the actor’s mask? I can discern little more than narcissistic motivations and a complementary personal narrative about winning at any cost. It is as if Trump has invested so much of himself in developing and refining his socially dominant role that he has nothing left over to create a meaningful story for his life, or for the nation. It is always Donald Trump playing Donald Trump, fighting to win, but never knowing why.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/06/the-mind-of-donald-trump/480771/

Three Links on Trump, Mental Illness, and Impairment under 25th Amendment

Link #1: “Mental Health Professionals Declare Trump is Mentally Ill And Must Be Removed

From Change.org:

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 3 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.”

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