The Dangerous Case Of Donald Trump

UPDATE: An expanded second edition of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President” was published on March 19, 2019, with concurrent release of a documentary film.

UPDATE: Watch a video of the March 19, 2019, WORLD MENTAL HEALTH COALITION CONFERENCE: “The Dangerous State of the World and the Need for Fit Leadership”

UPDATE: Released Report: MENTAL HEALTH ANALYSIS OF THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S REPORT ON THE INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: If One is Too Incompetent to Commit a Crime, Despite Trying Hard, Is One Competent to be President? Report-on-the-Mueller-Report

UPDATE: The authors have established the World Mental Health Coalition to provide an organization with which to address ongoing issues.

Since the first stirrings of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy, to the most recent outcry from media commentators, one question has quietly but urgently permeated the observations of concerned citizens: what is wrong with him?

Harper West was invited to write a chapter for a book titled The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President. (Thomas Dunne Books; October 3, 2017), edited by Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div.

The first edition of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump”  debuted on the New York Times Non-Fiction Bestseller lists on Oct. 22, 2017, at #4 for Combined Print & E-Book. and #8 for Hardcover Non-Fiction.  was on the bestseller list for seven weeks. On November 20, 2017, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” made the Washington Post’s list of “50 Notable Works of Nonfiction for 2017” and was dubbed  “the Most Courageous Book of the Year.”

The book explores what might be wrong with Trump and addresses specific issues surrounding diagnosing and assessing his emotional and behavioral issues: Could he be mad, bad, or both—and both is a toxic combination.

It also discusses in depth the ethical issues of whether mental health professionals have a “duty to warn” about dangerous emotional instability in a leader. Some feel constrained by the American Psychiatric Association’s “Goldwater Rule,” which inhibits mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined. Others feel compelled to report his behaviors as dangerous, given the serious implications for the country and world.

The book includes more than two dozen eminent psychiatrists, psychologists, and authors, including:

  • Noam Chomsky, famed linguist and philosopher,
  • Robert Jay Lifton, Harvard psychiatrist and expert on sociopaths and brainwashing,
  • Gail Sheehy, author of Passages, named one of the ten most influential books of our times by the Library of Congress, and more recently many biographies of political leaders,
  • Philip Zimbardo, famed for the Stanford prison experiment you may have read about in Psych 101,
  • Tony Schwartz, ghostwriter of Trump: The Art of the Deal,
  • Dee Mosbacher, Oscar-nominated feminist filmmaker,
  • and Bandy Lee and John Gartner, leaders of the Duty to Warn group of mental health professionals, which organized this book project and a recent conference on the topic at Yale University.

Sample chapter titles include:

  • Pathological Narcissism and Politics: A Lethal Mix, by Craig Malkin
  • Tyranny as a Triumph of Narcissism, by Elizabeth Mika
  • Donald Trump is: A) Bad; B) Mad; C) All of the Above, by John Gartner
  • On Seeing What You See and Saying What You Know: A Psychiatrist’s Responsibility, by Henry Friedman
  • The Issue is Dangerousness, Not Mental Illness, by James Gilligan

Harper West’s Contribution

West’s chapter is titled In Relationship with an Abusive President, and draws parallels between the behaviors of Trump and an abusive partner.

Harper West was interviewed on “Trump short-circuits his supporters’ brains – and makes them blind to the fact that he’s harming them (3/15/19)

Harper West quoted in Esquire: So, Does George Conway Have a Point About President Trump and Narcissistic Personality Disorder? We asked a bunch of mental health professionals.

12/17/20 DC Report: Harper West and Bandy X. Lee: Whatever He Wants

Harper West co-authored an editorial in the St. Louis American with Dr. Bandy X. Lee and Kevin Washington: How to escape our abusive relationship with Trump May 2, 2020

DC Report: How Trump and Other Cult Leaders Infect Their Disciples

1/27/21 Bill Moyers/ Selections from “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump”, by Harper West

THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President

AUTHOR: Various, edited by Bandy X. Lee, M.D., MDiv

PUBLISHER: Thomas Dunne Books

PUBLICATION DATE: October 3, 2017

Audio book is available on Kobo

Publisher’s Website


Bill Moyers


Lance Dodes Review in The Oregonian

Michael Tansey in Huffington Post

Vox Video


6/13 Washington Post, op-ed, book mention, “Is Trump making America mentally ill?

8/23 USA Today, book mention, “Stress, along with poor eating and sleeping habits, can challenge Trump

8/23 USA Today, book mention, “Amid mounting bipartisan concerns, debate over Trump’s mental health takes off

9/15 Kirkus, review

9/15 POLITICO, book mention, “The Loneliest President

9/19 Oregonian, review, “Is Donald Trump actually crazy? 27 mental-health experts offer up their conclusions

9/22 Palm Beach Post, feature, “From lawsuit to book chapter, Boca lawyer pursues fight against Trump

9/22 San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post review, “Is Trump mentally ill? Or is America? Psychiatrists weigh in.

9/24 Washington Post, review, “Is Trump mentally ill? Or is America? Psychiatrists weigh in

9/24 Baltimore Sun, mention in interview with contrib. John Gartner, “Baltimore psychologist heads effort to ‘warn’ about Trump’s mental health

10/6 Newsweek, excerpt with teaser on cover (arranged by Subrights)

October New England Psychologist, mention

10/7 The New Yorker, review

10/12 Esquire, review

10/13 The News & Observer, Chapel Hill, NC, On Oct. 14 Duty to Warn Event

10/14 Newsweek

10/14 Austin American-Statesman, op-ed column mention, “Book considers Trump’s mental health. Let’s discuss our own

10/16 The New Yorker

10/21 South Florida Times, mention, “NO QUESTION: PRESIDENT TRUMP IS MENTALLY ILL

(includes podcasts and online video)

8/7/18 MSNBC Lawrence O’Donnell

9/28 CNN “New Day” (Tony Schwartz)

9/29 Al Jazeera English “The Rob Reynolds Show”

10/2 WNYC “The Brian Lehrer Show”

10/2 Al Jazeera English “Al Jazeera News”

10/3 Salon Talks (Facebook Live)

10/3 KGO Radio “The Brian Copeland Show” (SF)

10/4 SiriusXM “Stand UP! with Pete Dominick”

10/5 CNN “New Day” (Tony Schwartz)

10/5 MSNBC, Lawrence O’Donnell Interview with Tony Schwartz and Dr. Lee

10/5 KPFK “Ian Masters’ Background Briefing” interview with Lance Dodes (Los Angeles Pacifica)

10/6 Al Jazeera English “Up Front” interview with Bandy Lee and Betty Teng”

10/9 MSNBC “Anderson Cooper 360”  (Tony Schwartz)

10/11 WYPR “Midday” interview with John Gartner (Baltimore NPR)

10/13 Democracy Now! (Robert Jay Lifton), “Psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton on Duty to Warn: Trump’s “Relation to Reality” is Dangerous to Us All

10/18 WGBH-TV “Greater Boston” (contributor Leonard Glass) “‘The Dangerous Case Of Donald Trump’

10/19 Comedy Central, The President Show

10/23 The Randi Rhodes Show (contributor John Gartner) (YouTube)

10/24 KQED “Forum” (contributors Tom Singer and Robert Jay Lifton) (SF NPR)

12/1 The New York Times Letter by Dr. Lee


April 2017 The Independent on Duty to Warn Yale Conference

5/25/17 Salon interview, book mention, Psychiatrist Bandy Lee: “We have an obligation to speak about Donald Trump’s mental health issues. . . . Our survival as a species may be at stake”

7/12/17 Huffington Post, book mention, Is Donald Trump Mentally Ill? Part 2 – 5 Professors of Psychiatry Say Donald Trump is “unraveling” and Call on Congress “to remove him from office”

8/16/17 Stat News, book mention, “Democrats in Congress to explore creating an expert panel on Trump’s mental health

8/23/17 New Yorker “News Desk,” book mention “Will Trump Be the Death of the Goldwater Rule?

8/24/17 Huffington Post, op-ed, “What Mental Health Experts Can Say About The Presidency

9/13/17 Salon, contributor interview (book mention), Harvard psychiatrist Lance Dodes: Donald Trump is a “sociopath” and “a very sick individual”

9/15/17 Moyers & Company, Q&A (book mention), “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: Robert Jay Lifton and Bill Moyers on ‘A Duty to Warn’”

9/15/17 Commondreams, Bill Moyers Q&A, “’A Duty to Warn’ and the Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

9/15/17 Alternet, Bill Moyers Q&A, “Bill Moyers: Renowned Psychiatrist Warns That Trump Is a Danger to Us All

9/17/17 Real Clear Politics, mention, “Trump vs. Psychiatrists: Who’s Crazier?

9/19/17 Salon, Bill Moyers Q&A, “The dangerous case of Donald Trump: Robert Jay Lifton and Bill Moyers on ‘A Duty to Warn’”

9/20/17 Huffington Post, book mention, “Donald Trump: The Eye of the Hurricane

9/23/17 RawStory, Bill Moyers Q&A, “Renowned psychiatrist warns Americans: You have a duty to call out Trump as danger to others


9/25/17 Psychology Today: Zimbardo and Sword

9/25/17 Daily Kos, Wash Post review link, “Abbreviated Pundit Round-up


9/28/17 The Independent (UK), “Donald Trump is ‘the most dangerous man in the world’, claim leading psychiatrists and academics

9/29/17 Mediaite, AC360 write-up, “Tony Schwartz: By Now ‘John Kelly Knows… Trump is Deeply Disturbed’


9/29/17 Huffington Post, AC360 write-up, “Trump’s Not Crazy Like A Fox, ‘He’s Just Crazy’”  

10/2/17 STAT, review by Sharon Begley

10/2/17 Daily Beast, “These 27 Top Shrinks Think Trump Might Be Nuts

10/1/17 Patheos Review

10/5/17 Daily Kos, CNN New Day commentary, Tony Schwartz: ‘The Same Climate Of Fear And Paranoia Appears To Have Taken Root In His White House’”

10/6/17 The New Yorker, News Desk, “Diagnosing Donald Trump, and His Voters

10/7/17 The Intercept, “Worried About Trump’s Mental Stability? The Worst Is Yet to Come.

10/12/17 VICE, feature, “These Psychiatrists Want to Test the President’s Mental Health

10/12/17 Esquire, feature, “The Conversation About Trump’s Mental Health Is Finally Changing. But Is It Too Late?

10/12/17 Mic, “Top psychiatrist analyzes Trump’s mental stat

10/13/17 Robert Jay Lifton interviewed on Democracy Now

10/13/17 AlterNet, mention “10 Examples of Trump Unraveling Before the Current Unraveling Began

10/14/17 Raw Story, mention “10 examples of Trump unraveling before the current unraveling began” (via AlterNet)

10/14/17 Salon, mention, “Is Donald Trump a sociopath? A psychiatrist speaks out


10/15/17 History News Network, mention, “Nixon, Trump and the Strange Career of the Madman Theory

10/15/17 Salon, “Donald Trump makes the world more dangerous — what do we do about it?

10/15/17 Review by Betsy Robinson

10/16/17 New Yorker, mention “How Anti-Trump Psychiatrists Are Mobilizing Behind the Twenty-Fifth Amendment

10/16/17 Truthdig, mention, “Existing Law May Not Solve Presidential Crisis

10/16/17 Working Reporter, mention, “THE HISTORY MAKING MARCH THAT NEVER WAS

10/17/17 Newsweek, mention, “SIZE MATTERS FOR TRUMP

10/18/17 CommonDreams, mention, “How to Profit from the Coming Trump Apocalypse

10/18/17 Psychology Today by Hara Estroff Marano

10/20/17 Crooks and Liars, “Republicans In Congress Profit From The Coming Trump Apocalypse

10/20/17 Mic, mention, “As more experts call Trump’s mental health into question, is it time to rethink the Goldwater Rule?

10/20/17 American Prospect, mention, “Americans Agree That Trump Is a Liar. Do They Realize He Is Also a Sociopath?

10/22/17 Salon, mention, “Donald Trump or Mike Pence? I’ll take whatever’s behind door no. 3

10/22/17 National Memo, excerpt, “Donald Trump Is: A) Bad B) Mad C) All Of The Above

10/23/17 Buzzfeed Overview of Duty To Warn Movement

10/30/17 The Nation, with specific mention of my chapter

11/2/17 Keith Olberman: Is this the End of Trump’s Sanity?

Now This Video/Bandy Lee

11/11/17 Huffington Post: Letter to Congress

11/17/17 Washington Post Carlos Lazada’s Names it “Most Daring Book” 

11/17/17 Salon: Trump’s presidency may present “the greatest psychiatric disaster in history”

11/21/17 MSNBC Tony Schwartz interview

11/28/17 Newsweek: Trump’s Conspiracy Theories Will Lead to War

11/30/17 JAMA

12/8/17 NBC News Article by Dr. Lee

12/8/17 Democracy Now Interview with Dr. Lee

12/10/17 Los Angeles Review of Books

12/21/17 Newsweek Editorial by Dr. Lee and Dr. Gilligan

12/21/17 MedScape Dr. Lee’s response to Dr. Lieberman

12/27/12 The New England Journal of Medicine editorial, Dr. Clair Pouncey

12/30/17 LA Times Review

12/31/17 Salon: Looking Back on 2017 (Duty to Warn makes top of list of activism)

1/2/18 Op/Ed in Boston Globe by Drs. Lee and Gilligan

1/3/18 Politico: Washington’s growing obsession with 25th Amendment

1/3/18 New York Daily News: Yale psychiatry professor warns President Trump’s mental health is ‘unraveling’ in meeting with more than a dozen lawmakers  

1/4/18 The Hill: Lawmakers briefed by Yale psychiatrist on Trump’s mental health

1/4/18 CNN: Yale psychiatrist briefed members of Congress on Trump’s mental health

1/4/18 Axios: Lawmakers called in psychiatrist to discuss Trump’s mental health

1/4/17 Washington Post: The Plum Line

1/4/18 AOL

1/4/18 NY Magazine: The President Is Mentally Unwell — and Everyone Around Him Knows It

1/4/18 Politics USA: Rep. Jamie Raskin introduces bill to form committee to Assess for 25th Amendment

1/5/18 News and Guts

1/5/18 Vox: Psychiatrist who briefed Congress: Emergency

1/5/18 The Guardian: Book revelations put new focus on Donald Trump’s mental health

1/6/18 BBC: Trump’s mental health and why people are discussing it:

1/6/18 NY Times: Trump, Defending His Mental Health

1/6/18 The Guardian: Op/Ed by Dr. Lee

1/6/18 Newsweek: Trump Could Destroy The Entire Human Species, Says Yale Psychiatrist Who Warned Congress Members

1/9/18 Psychology Today: Hara Estroff Marano: A Handle on the Head of State

1/10/18 Politico: Lee & Glass: We’re Psychiatrists. It’s Perfectly OK to Question the President’s Mental State.

1/11/18 Politico: Dozens of experts urge doctor to conduct neurological exam

1/11/18 Washington Post: Op/Ed Why psychiatrists should not be involved in presidential politics

1/12/18 Washington Post: The Health 202: Mental-health professionals can’t agree on evaluating Trump’s psyche

1/12/18: Alternet: by Betty Teng A Toxic Mix of Tech, Trump and Media Has Created a Monster That’s Constantly Traumatizing Us All:

1/12/18 NY Times Editorial: Is Mr. Trump Nuts?

1/12/18 Boston Globe Op-Ed

1/13/18 CBC: Psychiatrist’s new warning that Trump’s mental state ‘is a national and international security risk

11/13/18 The Atlantic: The Psychiatrist Telling Congress Trump Could Be Involuntarily Committed

1/15/18 Huffington Post: Dr. Michael Tansey: Part XVI. “THIS IS NOT A DRILL”: Response to Jeffrey Lieberman

1/16/18 Snopes: Dr Lee Has a Medical License in NY

1/17/18 Daily Beast: Trump Fans Threatened Psychiatrists Who Warned Trump Was Inciting Violence 


1/17/18 Washington Post: Is Trump’s Doctor OK?

1/19/18 USA Today: Op-Ed Lee and Eisen: On Trump’s mental fitness, the experts are silenced and the public’s in the dark

1/25/18 US News: Op-Ed by Drs. Lee and Herman

1/26/18 Counter Punch: Bruce Levine, PhD, Opinion

2/1/18 CNN: 52 Stories; One Month in Trump’s Washington (Bandy Lee’s visits to Capitol Hill listed)

2/3/18 Salon: Is Trump’s Mental Health Dangerous?

2/4/18 Albawaba: You Can’t Separate Trump’s Mental Health from His Voters’

2/5/18 USA Today Op-Ed. Drs. Lee and Merikangas: We monitor everyone in charge of nuclear weapons except the president

2/12/18 RNN Network: Steven Wruble

2/23/18 Project Syndicate: Trump’s War Psyche and World Peace

2/24/18 The CapTtimes: Judie Kleinmaier: Face the facts: Trump is dangerous — and he won’t get better

2/26/18 Boston Globe: OPINION | BANDY X. LEE, EDWIN B. FISHER, AND LEONARD L. GLASS The Goldwater rule has been turned into a silencing mechanism aimed at those who would speak out

3/23/18 Daily Beast: Rosemary Sword and Gail Sheehy: How Close is the President to a Psychiatric Breakdown?

3/28/18 Medical Republic (Australia): The ‘mad king’ conundrum

3/23/18 Podcast/Pacifica Public Radio, “Background Briefing” with Lance Dodes

4/19/18 Lawfare Review: The Psychiatrist’s Goldwater Rule in the Trump Era

5/18/18 Mental Health Experts Declare the Need to Evaluate

6/28/18 Goldwater Rule Rewritten by “Dangerous Case” Authors

6/30/18 The Hill: Psychiatrists ask APA to change rule prohibiting analysis of public figures

6/30/18 Scientific American: Psychiatrists Call for Rollback of Policy Banning Discussion of Public Figures’ Mental Health

6/30/18 Alternet:Top Mental Health Experts Are Calling for the Goldwater Rule to Be Revised to Allow Discussion of Public Figures’ Mental Health

6/30/18 The Big Think: Why psychiatrists are calling on the APA to end its controversial ‘Goldwater Rule’

6/30/18 Stat: Psychiatrists call for rollback of policy banning discussion of public figures’ mental health

7/9/18 Psychology Today: Dr. Lee Editorial 

7/3/18 Project Syndicate: Trump’s Psychopathology is Getting Worse

7/9/18 New York Daily News: Why we must talk about Trump’s mental health: Psychiatrists have a duty to educate the public

7/13/18 Bandy X. Lee, MD, Op-Ed, USA Today: Let psychiatrists speak out

7/30/18 What’s going on with Donald Trump? Psychologist explains the president’s lies, reversals

8/22/19 The Atlantic: If Trump Were An Airline Pilot

9/7/18 Exclusive: Psychiatrist Bandy Lee says White House officials told her Trump was “unraveling”

9/7/18 MSN: White House officials flagged Trump’s behavior to psychiatrist last year

9/8/18 Thousands Of Mental Health Professionals Agree With Woodward And The New York Times Op-ed Author: Trump Is Dangerous

9/18/18 Slate: An Interview With the Psychiatrist Who Says White House Officials Called Her With Concerns About Trump

9/19/18 editorial on Goldwater Rule by Dr. Bandy Lee

9/21/18 Salon: Psychiatrist Bandy Lee: Trump is getting worse; “I suspect he is unable to tolerate reality”

11/12/18 Rolling Stone: What Happens When the Walls Finally Close In On Trump?

12/9/18 The Conversation: No president should assume office without a ‘fitness for duty’ exam

1/4/19 Webpage: Yale psych prof explains Trump’s pathology – and why he’s dangerous

1/13/19 Webpage: Expect ‘An Acceleration of the Chaos’ with Trump

1/17/19 Boston Globe: Why Trump Lies

1/30/19 Salon: Psychiatrist James Gilligan on the shutdown: Trump inflicted his own pain and humiliation on America

2/19/19 Room: Speaking Up About Trump, by Bandy Lee, MD

2/29/19 Newsweek: Former Bush Ethics Czar Tells MSNBC Trump Is ‘not well at all’ and ‘he’s having a hissy fit.’

3/5/19 Website: Why Trump’s Grandiose Paranoid Character Appeals to His Supporters  – Dr. Henry J. Friedman

3/5/19 Website: Yale psychiatrist: Trump’s Pathology Is Spreading Like a Disease – And we May Not Be Able to Stop It — Dr. Bandy Lee

3/19/19 C-SPAN: Panel Discussion and Conference of World Mental Health Coalition on the Dangerousness of Donald Trump

3/25/19: Boston Globe: Why are we so reticent to discuss the mental health of political leaders?

3/25/19: Project Syndicate: The Trump Contagion

3/26/19 Yale psychiatrist on Trump: “Instead of containing his sickness, we as a nation have enabled it”

3/27/19 Clinical psychologist draws shocking parallels between Trump and some of history’s worst tyrants

4/4/19 Huff Po: Tim Apple. Oranges. German Dad. Mental Health Experts Warn That Trump Is Losing It.

4/4/19 Raw Story: A Renowned Psychiatrist Explains How Trump’s Disordered Personality Forces Him Into Absurd Battles.

4/19/19 Raw Story: Trump facing ‘psychic collapse’ after Mueller’s report puts more pressure on his unstable mind: Psychoanalyst

4/16/19 Raw Story: This is how Trump uses his pathological impulses to manipulate his rivals — according to psychology

4/22/10 Raw Story: The ‘shared psychosis’ between Trump and his followers: Yale psychiatrist

4/26/19 HuffPo: Psychiatrists Say Mueller Report Offers More Proof Of Trump’s Unfitness (Rerun in Salon, Hill Reporter, Democratic Underground, Daily Kos,

4/26/19 Raw Story: Harvard psychiatrist explains the ‘irritable, pessimistic, angry’ mental disorder that drives Donald Trump to embrace hate

5/6/10 EuroNews: When it comes to democracy, the world could learn vital lessons from Ireland ǀ View

5/15/19 Psychology Today: The Mueller Report as Political Personality Source Material: Mental health professionals find troubling insights in the Mueller report.

5/16/19 Psychologist explains ‘Trump anxiety disorder’ and why he continues to brainwash his supporters

5/24/19 Salon: Psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee: “Trump is an urgent threat . . . and we must no longer hesitate to act”

5/25/19 Harvard Political Review: Mind the Presidency

5/26/19 Raw Story: How Trump scapegoats the most vulnerable to mask his incompetence and impress his followers: Trauma expert

5/13/19 Salon: Behind Donald Trump’s bewildering avalanche of lies: Maybe the death of democracy. Part 2 of 2

6/5/19 Washington Examiner: Capitol Hill event to put Trump’s mental health under fire

6/5/19 Washington Times: Democrats plan town hall event on Trump’s ‘deteriorating’ mental health

6/5/19 Daily Caller: Democrats to Fly Psychiatrists to Washington to Question Trump’s Mental Heath

6/5/19 Daily Mail: Democrats invite psychiatrist who says Trump is mentally unfit for office to the Capitol after she calls him unstable, violent and a danger to public health

6/14/19 Salon: Yale psychiatrist Bandy Lee: Trump’s mental health is now a “national and global emergency”

6/19/19 Harvard psychiatrist stunned by Donald Trump’s lies and ‘comfortable shamelessness’

7/3/19 Interview with Harper West: ‘Other-blamers’: Psychology expert explains how Trump hijacks voters’ brains with his abusive personality style

7/3/19 Interview with Harper West: How Trump short-circuits his supporters’ brains — and makes them blind to the fact he’s harming them

7/22/19 Understanding our bully-in-chief: Donald Trump’s “antisocial personality disorder” fits a pattern

7/23/19 Washington Post: The Health 202: Psychiatrists want lawmakers to ask Mueller about Trump’s mental fitness/

7/24/19 World Mental Health Coalition press conference: Five Questions for Robert Mueller on Trump’s Mental Fitness

7/29/19 Yale psychiatrist explains why Trump loves autocrats for their ‘cruelty’

8/7/19 Salon: Yale psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee: Trump infects his followers with a violence-inducing “sickness”

8/8/19 The Hill: Whether Trump knows it or not, his words may incite violence

8/11/19 YouTube: Prescription for Justice: Interview with Dr. Lee

8/13/19 Raw Story: What Trump’s bizarre obsession with conspiracy theories tells us about his downward mental spiral: Yale psychiatrist

8/13/19 Soundcloud interview with Dr. Lee

8/14/19 EuroNews: Unpicking Donald Trump’s psychopathology helps explain the toxic reality facing America

8/14/19 Psychology Today: The Border, The Squad, and The Donald: Similarities between our past and present are clear. Have we learned anything? (Zimbardo and Sword)

8/26/19 Hughes: Trump has put the American public into a state of ‘collective madness’: psychotherapist

8/27/19 Yale psychiatrist dismantles the Goldwater rule for preventing mental health experts from speaking out about Trump

8/30/19 Yale psychiatrist traces Trump’s Fox feud back to a simplistic way of thinking that most people grow out of in childhood

9/5/19 Greater Boston video: Is It Time to Discuss Trump’s Mental State?

9/15/19 Salon: The Trump depression (and we don’t mean the economy): Key symptom of autocratic regimes

9/25/19 A Professional Association’s Complicity with Tyranny,

9/25/19 Yale psychiatrist: We need a ‘speedy removal of danger’ in dealing with Trump over Ukraine

10/2/19 John Yarmuth: GOP Must Join Dems To Save Democracy

10/6/19 Detroit Free Press/Harper West: Trump Shows Abusive Behaviors

10/10/19 How are Donald Trump and the Cell Phone Alike? by Ellyn Kaschak

10/11/19 USA Today: Donald Trump’s mental health: Mental health experts see Trump is dangerous, but our professional gatekeepers protect him

10/11/19 NY TImes: Opinion: Trump is Mentally Unfit, No Exam Needed

10/15/19 Behavioral Healthcare Executive: Political Landscape Poses Ethical Questions for Mental Health Professionals

10/19/19 Independent: Trump’s behavior this week has been so bizarre that psychologists, Republicans and ex-staffers are telling me they’re worried

Our book has been cited in multiple other places

10/20/19 New York Times letter to the editor, Henry Friedman

10/24/19 Newsweek: Trump’s “Mental Impairment Means He Cannot Think Strategically or in Abstract Terms,” claims Professor of Psychiatry. 

10/29/19 Book: Dangerous Charisma: The Political Psychology of Donald Trump and His Followers, by Stephanie Doucette and Jerrold Post

10/29/19 Psychiatrist Lance Dodes on the “panicked” state of the “most dangerous person on the planet”


11/1/19 Ian Hughes: Three reasons why we need to talk about the mental health of political leaders

11/5/19 CSPAN: Jerrold Post on his book Dangerous Charisma


11/12/19 NY Daily News: Trump, impeachment and America’s hunger for reality

11/13/19 USA Today: Mental health professionals: Trump’s rash Syria move looked like a ‘hypomanic episode’

11/24/19 Dr. Lee: Trump’s 53-minute Fox Rant is Another Dangerous Sign

12/2/19 Salon: Former CIA profiler Jerrold Post on Donald Trump’s “dangerous charisma”

12/1/19 Salon: Impeachment as a struggle to save democracy — from the pathological cult of Donald Trump

12/2/19 DC Report: Let’s Talk About You Know Who’s Deteriorating Mental Health

12/2/19 MSNBC: Psychiatrist: Trump’s Projection on Chairman Schiff is “Primitive

12/3/19 Independent: Trump’s mental state is deteriorating dangerously due to impeachment with potentially ‘catastrophic outcomes’, psychiatrists urgently warn Congress

12/5/19 As Impeachment Looms, 350 Mental Health Professionals Warn Congress That Nuclear-Armed Trump ‘A Threat to Safety of Our Nation’


Our petition was reported by The Independent:

And Business Insider:

As well as some minor outlets:

Here are an interview and an op-ed by Dr. Bandy Lee:

12/20/19 Salon: Mental health professionals read Trump’s letter: A study in “the psychotic mind” at work

12/27/19 Salon: Pelosi “has the right” to submit Trump to an “involuntary evaluation”: Yale psychiatrist Bandy Lee

12/30/19 Raw Story: Yale psychiatrist reveals how to tell which side is telling the truth on impeachment

1/1/20 What if the president of the United States was mentally ill — and no one really cared?

1/4/20 Salon: Yale psychiatrist urges Pelosi: Request 72-hour mental health hold on Trump after Iran attack
1/5/20 Salon: Waterloo for the anti-anti-Trump left (and all other normalizers): You knew he was a snake

1/6/20 Psychiatrist explains Trump’s admiration for dictators: ‘It comes from the lack of proper parenting
1/8/20 Salon: Iran and Donald Trump’s mind: Is this crisis his Reichstag fire?

1/8/20 Independent: Trump is ‘dangerous and incapacitated’ and urgent action must be taken, psychiatrists say in wake of Iran crisis

1/30/20 Foreign Policy: Trump’s Narcissism Is What’s Really on Trial in the Senate

2/27/20 MSNBC: Dr. Lance Dodes On Trump’s Coronavirus Response

3/23/20 Salon: Dr. Bandy Lee: Trump is spreading a “mental health pandemic” that’s making coronavirus worse

3/24/20 Independent: Dr. Lee editorial: The coronavirus pandemic has made Trump’s psychiatric issues clear. We should remove him for our own safety

4/9/20 Donald Trump is a ‘predator’ who ‘would be in prison’ if he hadn’t been born rich: clinical psychiatry expert

4/18/20 Salon: Trump is insane: And it’s time for leading Democrats to say that out loud

4/23/20 Euronews: Joining up the dots shows the true depths of Trump’s dangerous narcissistic pathology, Ian Hughes

4/25/20 Salon: Psychologist John Gartner: Trump is a “sexual sadist” who is “actively engaging in sabotage”

4/26/20 Mad in America: Muzzled by Psychiatry in a Time of Cr

5/2/20 St. Louis American, by Harper West: How to Escape our Abusive Relationship with Donald Trump

6/5/20 Salon: Yale psychiatrist: Trump’s “displays of false strength” foreshadow plan to question election results

6/13/20 Medium: Accelerated Unraveling of Donald Trump

5/22/20 Is Trump mad or just bad? Mental health experts sound the alarm

7/7/20 Meidas Touch: Dr. Lee New Column

7/22/20 Salon: Yale Psychiatrist: Trump’s psychosis has infected his followers

8/6/20 Bill Press: Leading psychiatrists speak up about Trump

8/29/20 Salon: Yale psychiatrist: Trump’s convention lies and fear-mongering may “provoke a lot of violence”

9/4/20 John Gartner, Baltimore psychologist, takes his ‘duty to warn’ about Trump to film

9/21/20 Salon: Psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton: Trump’s attempts to falsify reality follows “pattern of the Nazis”

10/6/20 Salon: “Sociopathy”: Psychiatrist says Trump’s behavior “meets criteria for a locked psychiatric facility”

10/14/20 Reckoning with a post-Trump America  by Erin Hurley

10/31/20 YouTube: Writer’s Bloc interview of Dr. Lee.

11/2/20 Alternet interview with Philip Zimbardo, PhD: A psychologist explains how Trump’s own words reveal the traits that make him unfit for office

11/4/20 Psychiatric Times Interview of Dr. Steven Moffic

11/5/20 NY Daily News: Trump’s mental pathology, confirmed

11/7/20 Podcast: Jonathan Small interviews Dr. Lee

11/9/20 Boston Globe Op:Ed, Trump is cornered; how will he react?, Drs. Lee, Fisher, Glass

11/9/20 Salon: Psychiatrist Bandy Lee: Trump’s election meltdown is “most dangerous period of this presidency

11/10/20 Who lives and who dies? Who tells the truth and who lies?

11/11/20 DC Report: What Is Wrong With 68 Million Americans? How Trump’s Mental Illness Infected 48% of the Electorate

11/13/20 DC Report: Out Of Sight And Going Out Of His Mind, Hold Up in the White House, Trump Rages By Bandy X. Lee and Elizabeth Mika

11/20/20 Alternet: Psychiatric expert: Trump will not hesitate to cause violence to stay in power

11/23/20 Transition warning: Trump’s mental illness is a growing danger

11/21/20 There’s Still Time And Reason To Invoke The 25th Amendment, Experts Agree: Trump Is a Clear and Present Danger to the Republic … and He’s Still President, By Bandy X. Lee and James R. Merikangas

11/26/20 Tribute to Dr. Jerrold M. Post

11/30/20 MedPageToday: Op-Ed: What Happened to the 25th Amendment?

12/4/20 The Daily World: Commentary: The President’s Condition is Harmful To All Of Us

12/5/20 Washington Post: Jerrold M. Post, MD, Obituary

12/5/20 Mental health experts explain why Joe Biden needs to throw the book at Donald Trump

12/17/20 DC Report: Harper West and Bandy X. Lee: Whatever He Wants

12/10/20 Wall Street International: The American presidential election: The next wave of problems, ELLYN KASCHAK

12/29/20 DC Report: Trump On The Psychiatrist’s Couch, He Meets Every Criterion for Dangerousness; It Goes Back to His Adolescence, By Bandy X. Lee and Madeline Taylor

1/5/21 DC Report: The Georgia Phone Call: Better Than A Psychiatric Examination, Mental Health Experts Say the Hour-Long Exchange Shows Trump is ‘Irrational, Unstable and Dangerous’, By Madeline Taylor and Bandy X. Lee

Boston Globe: Bandy Lee, Leonard Glass and Edwin Fisher 

1/11/21 Scientific American: The ‘Shared Psychosis’ of Donald Trump and His Loyalists, interview with Dr. Lee 

1/22/21 DC Report, Lee & West: How Trump and Other Cult Leaders Infect Their Disciples 

1/27/21 Bill Moyers/ Selections from “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump”, by Harper West

10/10/21 What happens to America’s mental health under a second Trump administration? Very bad things

9/14/22 New York Times: John Kelly Read DCoDT



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