Tuesday's HOT MIC
The American Psychoanalytic Association is telling its members that it's perfectly all right to call the president crazy.
Well, not really. But in so many words, the association says that its members can violate the decades old "Goldwater Rule" to comment about the president's mental health.
A leading psychiatry group has told its members they should not feel bound by a longstanding rule against commenting publicly on the mental state of public figures — even the president.
The statement, an email this month from the executive committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association to its 3,500 members, represents the first significant crack in the profession’s decades-old united front aimed at preventing experts from discussing the psychiatric aspects of politicians’ behavior. It will likely make many of its members feel more comfortable speaking openly about President Trump’s mental health.
The impetus for the email was “belief in the value of psychoanalytic knowledge in explaining human behavior,” said psychoanalytic association past president Dr. Prudence Gourguechon, a psychiatrist in Chicago. “We don’t want to prohibit our members from using their knowledge responsibly.”
That responsibility is especially great today, she told STAT, “since Trump’s behavior is so different from anything we’ve seen before” in a commander in chief.
The Goldwater Rule is an unwritten directive followed by mental health professionals since the 1964 campaign when dozens of psychiatrists and psychologists said the GOP candidate was mentally unfit to be president.
Not mentioned in the article is the reason for the Goldwater Rule in the first place: mental health professionals have no business commenting on the mental stability of anyone unless they've examined them thoroughly and reached a clinical diagnosis.
What the APA is saying is that they're so fricking brilliant they don't need to examine Trump in a clinical setting. Apparently, they can peer into his mind and tell whether he's nuts or not.
Anti-Trump hysteria is even making doctors who treat insanity insane.