By Susan Milligan

April 21, 2017

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Political players and cranky voters have long thrown around

personality-themed terms to offer non-professional assessments of public

officials, and their words are not generally flattering. Insane. Unhinged.

Wacko. Paranoid. Narcissistic. Manic. The broad-brush use of such terms,

especially those with actual, clinical definitions, tends to make mental

health professionals a little -well, crazy. Not only do the terms unfairly

stigmatize people with actually mental ailments, but they're often not even

used correctly to describe someone's behavior or personality. And even when

a professional has a more educated opinion on a public person, there's a

resistance to saying it out loud, for ethical and other reasons.