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Psychiatrists Weigh In On Donald Trump's Mental Health

Update Date: Feb 20, 2017 07:30 AM EST

President Donald Trump's mental state has recently been the subject of public debates. At least three Democrat officials have questioned the president's mental health.

Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer has also called a review on the constitutional procedures to remove Trump from office. Minnesota Senator Al Franken said a few Republican colleagues had also expressed their concern as to whether Trump is mentally fit to hold office.

California Rep. Ted Lieu has announced plans to propose a bill that would require the White House to have a psychiatrist on staff. A petition on Change.org has accused Trump of mental illnes and asking for his removal from office. The petition has been signed by nearly 25,000 health professionals.

Lieu said "Anyone who can launch 4,000 nuclear weapons in minutes absolutely should be questioned on any matter related to their physical and mental health."

According to Independent, the debate on Trump's mental health has been divided into three opinions, public, professional and political. Many have suggested Trump could be suffering from narcissistic personality disorder.

The New Republic had published a story last week that speculated Trump may have an untreated sexually transmitted disease that has led to neurosyphilis. It can be characterized by irritability, loss of ability to concentrate, delusional thinking and grandiosity.

The New York Times published a letter on Tuesday that was signed by 35 psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers. It had accused Trump of grave emotional deeming him incapable of serving safely as a president.

Los Angeles Times reported in response, Allen Frances, a renowned psychiatrist from the Duke University School of Medicine, sent his own letter to the New York Times said Trump "may be a world-class narcissist, but this doesn't make him mentally ill"

Frances said most mentally ill people are nice, well-mannered and decent, which Trump is not. He added "When you lump someone who is bad with people who have mental illness, it stigmatizes the mentally ill population. Less an insult to him and more an insult to them."

According to the American Psychiatric Association protocol medical professionals should not diagnose individuals they have not personally treated. 

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