Dr. Allen Frances – professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical College – literally wrote the book on mental problems as chair of the DSM-IV Task Force.
DSM stands for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The DSM is the manual that is used as the standard across the profession for diagnosing and treating mental disorders.
The Boston Hearld reports:
“It’s very important to end the wild speculation — the wild, unfounded speculation,” Dr. Allen Frances, professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical College, told the Herald.
“We can’t protect the American democracy by attacking Trump on psychological grounds,” Frances said.
“Most amateur diagnosticians have mislabeled President Trump with the diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder,” Frances said in his letter. “I wrote the criteria that define this disorder, and Mr. Trump doesn’t meet them.”
The president “does not suffer from the distress and impairment required to diagnose mental disorder,” Frances wrote in his letter.
But multiple speculations about Trump’s mental health have been made by both amateurs and seasoned psychiatrists. A letter from mental health professionals published in the Times — part of the motivation behind Frances’ decision to speak up — stated that Trump’s “grave emotional instability” make him an unfit leader.