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The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President

Bandy X. Lee Robert Jay Lifton Gail Sheehy William J Doherty



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St Martin's Press
26 March 2019
Originally released in fall 2017, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump was a runaway bestseller. Alarmed Americans and international onlookers wanted to know: What is wrong with him?

That question still plagues us. The Trump administration has proven as chaotic and destructive as its opponents feared, and the man at the center of it all remains a cipher.

Constrained by the APA's Goldwater rule, which inhibits mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined, many of those qualified to weigh in on the issue have shied away from discussing it at all. The public has thus been left to wonder whether he is mad, bad, or both.

The prestigious mental health experts who have contributed to the revised and updated version of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump argue that their moral and civic duty to warn supersedes professional neutrality. Whatever affects him, affects the nation: From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, he has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond. With eight new essays (about one hundred pages of new material), this edition will cover the dangerous ramifications of Trump's unnatural state.

It's not all in our heads. It's in his.
By:   Bandy X. Lee
Contributions by:   Robert Jay Lifton, Gail Sheehy, William J Doherty, Noam Chomsky
Imprint:   St Martin's Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 169mm,  Spine: 43mm
Weight:   758g
ISBN:   9781250212863
ISBN 10:   1250212863
Pages:   496
Publication Date:   26 March 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Bandy X. Lee, M.D., M.Div., is Assistant Clinical Professor in Law and Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. She earned her degrees at Yale, interned at Bellevue, was Chief Resident at Mass General, and was a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School. She was also a Fellow of the National Institute of Mental Health. She's written more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, edited nine academic books, and is author of the textbook Violence.

Reviews for The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President

This is an historic work in the history of American psychiatry. We have never been in this place before. --Lawrence O'Donnell There will not be a book published this fall more urgent, important, or controversial than The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump...profound, illuminating and discomforting --Bill Moyers The stand these psychiatrists are taking takes courage, and their conclusions are compelling. --The Washington Post When I first heard about the conference that gave rise to this book at Yale, I was worried that a manifesto would come out with a diagnosis.... That is not what happened: what happened is a very thoughtful assessment based on lots of public data, which gives us a very clear way of thinking about the terrific vulnerabilities of our current president that elicits a duty to warn. - Samuel Barondes, Professor Emeritus and Former Chair of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco This insightful collection ... 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. - Estelle Freedman, the Robinson Professor in U.S. History at Stanford University

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