In response to Cornelius Swanton (July 29), I am not a “bleeding heart liberal.” I am a retired licensed clinical social worker who has worked with psychiatric patients for approximately 50 years.

The diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder would seem appropriate for Donald Trump. Many others have come to the same conclusion. He has a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior) and a need for admiration and lack of empathy, beginning by early childhood. That prevents him from mature adult behavior. He is compelled to satisfy his own needs before the needs of others.

The suggestion that only a few children might be “worried” in response to Trump’s behavior minimizes the facts. The Southern Poverty Law Center has documented that thousands of children from all sections of the country are suffering from significant degrees of emotional disturbances as a result of Trump’s inappropriate, unprofessional, uncouth and profane language.

Ronald Melendy, Auburn

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