The Goldwater Rule - Reiterated

The American Psychiatric Association once again reiterates that diagnosis without examination is not okay.

He's CRAZY. There are rumors of "early onset dementia". The President shows signs of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. He could be a sociopath. Hosts on the mainstream media programs breathlessly question willing "psychiatrists" or "psychologists" about the mental health status of President Trump. The #Resistance repeats these soundbytes to bolster their screech of "IMPEACH" and "25th Amendment". And now it appears the mental health of the President has actually become a partisan issue.

A new poll from Axios:

There was plenty of discussion regarding President Trump's overall temperament for the job of leader of the free world during both the Republican primary and the general election. In full disclosure, I was asking these questions myself quite a bit and his style is still not the one I would prefer on any number of occasions.

Note I said style. He is bombastic. He can be caustic. He is not careful in his language and fires back at those who criticize him. Even when it is clearly punching down. He also props himself up with aggrandizing comments about his intellect and smarts. All of these are behaviors he exhibits on a regular basis. And has forever.

Now these are all signs of something much darker. Things geared up earlier this month with a Congressional briefing by Dr. Bandy X. Lee the author of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President”. Mind you none of their assessments would meet the standard for a clinical diagnosis, but is was a bestseller anyway. And Democrats actually took a briefing from her.

However, thanks to Michael Wolff's book Fire and Fury it seems there are now an even bigger number of mental health professionals willing to make observational diagnoses of a mental illness and a press willing to report on them.

But of course the author says you don't even need to be a doctor

Oddly, we've been here before. Fact magazine asked psychiatrists a simple question during the 1964 election. "Do you believe Barry Goldwater is psychologically fit to serve as President of the United States?". A sampling of the comments returned varied widely from diagnoses of schizophrenia to admonishments for even asking the question in the first place.

This led the American Psychiatric Association to implement the Goldwater Rule. According to the APA:

The ethical principle, in place since 1973, guides physician members of the APA to refrain from publicly issuing professional medical opinions about individuals that they have not personally evaluated in a professional setting or context.​ Doing otherwise undermines the credibility and integrity of the profession and the physician-patient relationship.

No one you have seen commenting on the news has personally examined the President. Mr. Wolff is not a mental health professional licensed to even evaluate a person's mental health. Yet the media and their allies in the Progressive movement are using these statements as a basis to create fear and doubt, not just about the President, but also about those in his Administration who are failing to come forward with similar concerns.

So once again, the APA had to reissue a statement saying this is not okay. No ethical professional should be doing this. And only a doctor who has completed a full examination and has an appropriate release from the patient should be making any comments about diagnosis or mental fitness. This seems reasonable.

I do not expect the Democrats or their allies in the media to be reasonable. But it would be nice to believe they will be ethical and follow the APA's lead in covering what is rumor and speculation at best. Armchair quarterbacking is bad enough. Armchair psychiatry is an abomination and an insult to the doctor patient relationship for those actually suffering from mental illness.

So no Brian Stelter, it is not the media's obligation to ask professionals with an unqualified opinion these questions. Just stop.

Some of the stunts the Democrats have performed just amaze me. That Bandy X.Lee was crazy to just be interviewed. The really amazing thing about the shrinks are that they think they are qualified to even assert Trump, or anyone, is mentally unfit, when they are the ones who are unfit to make the diagnosis from near, or afar, just because they are shrinks. This all came to be when the television physicians decided to join in with the Television personalities to question Hillary's coughing and fainting, when they should have just left it at "Look at that", and never said the first word about her physical health. No medical profession has any right to make a medical, or psychiatric diagnosis without first having had some kind of interaction with the patient. The crazy ones are the ones doing the diagnosing.

Just remember...... the A.P.A. and the A.S.S. (american sighkological psociety) are the group that recommend when felons are to be released so they can kill again.

@myeweessay I completely agree, I have had personal experience with psychiatrists and very often they get it wrong. Armchair diagnosis is not only unprofessional, but it harms those that are under a doctor’s care by making mental illness a joke and thus making patients feel like they will never fit into society. This is not a joke and should be taken very seriously.

If a psychiatrist is going to break the Goldwater Rule, they should start with "Mad" Maxine Waters and then proceed to Nancy Pelosi who obviously working with severely diminished capacity.

Democrats "reasonable" and "ethical"?! LOL LOL LOL LOL In WHAT universe?!?!!

Let's start with, "All elected people are congenital liars", and work our way from there.

Some people are alert and knowledgeable in their ninety's,, others can barly make it through their sixty's. Every congress person who thinks Trump is incompetent should be tested for their own competency. With these test and the scandals we would have a new congress.

Maybe we need to be competency testing reporters. After all they are the ones who give people their version of the news, and some of them aren't exactly reporting the news but are trying to "make" the news with "reports" like these about Trump. The media give Trump almost 2 BILLION dollars worth of free publicity during the primaries; so if the man is off his rockers they surely knew it then when they were helping him to win the Republican nomination, thus giving him the leg up he needed to win the election. In other words, the media did more than anyone else to get Donald Trump elected to be our president. Furthermore, by spending so much time and money on Hillary in the general election many in the media tried to pan off on the American people someone who could truly be ill, both mentally ("what difference does it make") and physically. Time for the American people to rise up in anger at a media/press that is so biased that the people don't really know if they are being fed truth or a pack of lies.

I agree with the article, but there are much more widespread and serious issues within the psychiatric profession that is destroying the credibility and integrity of it. Chief among those is treating people with real and serious mental issues with hormone therapy and sex change operations to try and overrule biology. Any profession that has embraced this malpractice with open arms should be completely discredited as a whole. I would have to do some serious research to recommend anyone to a psychiatrist knowing who far too many are practicing their field.

I agree with this editorial, baselessly questioning the mentla health of a politician as a way to simply disgard their opinions is wrong, no matter who does it. Like when Trump did it during the 2016 campaign. You all remember THAT right? I remember the editorials written on the resurgent back then saying how bad it was back then..... oh wait, nevermind, that didn't offend the author, becausr that requires intellectual integrity. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/08/06/trump-in-series-of-scathing-personal-attacks-questions-clintons-mental-health/?utm_term=.f42c20d6f77e

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