The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

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The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump
Author Bandy Lee
Country United States
Language English
Subject Donald Trump, mental health, politics
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Thomas Dunne Books
Publication date
October 3, 2017
Pages 320
ISBN 978-1250179456

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump is a 2017 book edited by Bandy Lee. In the book, 27 psychologists, psychiatrists, and mental health professionals assess US President Donald Trump's mental health based on his speech and behavior over the long course of his public life, and conclude that he is a serious danger to the country and the world. They argue that the president's mental health is affecting the mental health of the people of the United States[1] and that he places the country at grave risk of involving it in a war and of undermining democracy itself because of his pathological narcissism and sociopathy. Consequently, Trump's presidency represents an emergency not only allowing, but perhaps also requiring, psychiatrists to deviate from the Goldwater rule, which holds that it is unethical for psychiatrists to give professional opinions about public figures without examining them in person.[2]

In a blog post republished on Salon in September 2017, journalist Bill Moyers wrote that "[t]here will not be a book published this fall more urgent, important, or controversial than The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump".[3] A Washington Post reviewer wrote, "The stand these psychiatrists are taking takes courage, and their conclusions are compelling.[4]

Estelle Freedman, the Robinson Professor in U.S. History at Stanford University, said of the book:

This insightful collection is grounded in historical consciousness of the ways professionals have responded to fascist leaders and unstable politicians in the past. It is a valuable primary source documenting the critical turning point when American psychiatry reassessed the ethics of restraining commentary on the mental health of public officials in light of the “duty to warn” of imminent danger. Medical and legal experts thoughtfully assess diagnoses of Trump’s behavior and astutely explore how to scrutinize political candidates, address client fears, and assess the 'Trump Effect' on our social fabric.


  1. ^ Parker, Kathleen (June 13, 2017). "Is Trump making America mentally ill?". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ Gersen, Jeannie Suk (August 23, 2017). "Will Trump Be the Death of the Goldwater Rule?". The New Yorker. Retrieved 21 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Moyers, Bill (September 19, 2017). "The dangerous case of Donald Trump: Robert Jay Lifton and Bill Moyers on "A Duty to Warn"". Salon. Retrieved September 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ Carlos Lozada, "Is Trump Mentally Ill? Or Is America? Psychiatrists Weigh In, The Washington Post, September 22, 2017

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