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US President elect Donald Trump  (AP File)
US President elect Donald Trump (AP File)

Mondli Makhanya

It has only been a month since Donald Trump took over as president of the US, and already one of the biggest talking points in his country is whether he is fine upstairs.

Discussions about the property mogul’s mental state have moved from the jocular to the serious. Psychiatrists, including top mental illness experts, have waded in on the subject. Most have done so anonymously as it is considered a violation of ethics to diagnose someone without having examined them. There is at least one petition calling for Trump to be medically examined to establish whether he is mentally fit to hold office.

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