Skip to comments.Psychiatric Association Hammers Members Over Diagnosing Public Figures
Posted on 01/10/2018 9:45:59 AM PST by jazusamo
The American Psychiatric Association called out members of its profession for offering their professional opinions about public figuresnamely those they havent personally examined.
The rebuke comes after questions about President Trumps mental fitness have surfaced in recent days.
"We at the APA call for an end to psychiatrists providing professional opinions in the media about public figures whom they have not examined, whether it be on cable news appearances, books, or in social media," the group wrote. "Arm-chair psychiatry or the use of psychiatry as a political tool is the misuse of psychiatry and is unacceptable and unethical."
Allegations about Trumps mental fitness were put forth in Michael Wolffs latest book, Fire and Fury. Beyond that, however, more than a dozen lawmakers met with a Yale University psychiatrist, Dr. Brandy Lee, who warned them Trump was going to unravel, and we are seeing the signs. Lee has not personally examined the president.
The APA had to remind members of the 1973 Goldwater Rule.
The Goldwater Rule ... makes it unethical for a psychiatrist to render a professional opinion to the media about a public figure unless the psychiatrist has examined the person and has proper authorization to provide the statement, Dr. Saul Levin, the group's CEO and medical director, said in a statement. APA stands behind this rule.
The group furthermore said whats publicly available from people is not enough to diagnose a psychiatric condition.
"A proper psychiatric evaluation requires more than a review of television appearances, tweets and public comments," the AMA wrote. "Psychiatrists are medical doctors; evaluating mental illness is no less thorough than diagnosing diabetes or heart disease. The standards in our profession require review of medical and psychiatric history and records and a complete examination of mental status."
They continued: "Using psychiatry for political or self-aggrandizing purposes is stigmatizing for our patients and negatively impacts our profession.
Trump defended his mental fitness in a series of tweets Saturday morning, writing throughout his life his two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.
He also noted that he went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star...to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that!"
Amen to that.
Good news, this. The psychiatric profession isn’t known for conservative principles — nor should it be, as medicine should ideally be apolitical. You note I say “ideally” here.
But any signs of good sense from entities we might reasonably assign to the center-left is certainly welcome.
Well, better than Arkancide (if it concerned them making comments about another particular public figure).
I would think a case could be made that releasing a diagnosis is a HIPAA violation, whether the “patient” is a public figure or not.
But I can use anthropology, geography, political science and gaydar and still say that Barky was a limp-wristed, marxist, Kenyan, right?
So you mean tgat Psychiatric Association, I mean SHRINKs Association is trying to gain some credabilty,
The APA should be worried. The more shrinks are put in the limelight the more it becomes apparent that they are incompetent frauds.
Agreed, and for a licensed psychiatrist to make a diagnosis without examining a patient is a gross unethical act, one that in my view should cause their license to be revoked.
Kinda looks that way, doesn’t it.
I was wondering about that.
Bummer for the media.
Idolatry of Trump’s sure insanity has been bread and butter in the clicks and ratings of the Lefty subversives controlling the media.
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Perhaps all these psychiatrists need a once over. . .maybe a twice over. . .maybe an expulsion from the profession. I have found over the years (including college days) that many counselors go into the profession because they themselves have problems. . .not necessarily to help others.
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Personally, I think Dr Lee should be formally admonished for unethical behavior and Yale should sever any ties to her
I have a weakness for writers that use the word “whom” correctly. They restore my faith in whomanity.
Amen, I couldn’t agree more.
It’s evident she’s all about herself and not the well being of her patient or anyone else.
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