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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.

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  • Thank you! Please speak out about Trump’s mental status as it can have a profound impact on the country.

  • Alot of research here. Im willing to bet. The American psychiatric board has lost or is about to lose some funding. Of course hes crazy! # fakenews. When I submit this comment the server says ive already commented this lmfao! Dorks cant believe people hear this bs.

    • John – what is trump’s definition of fake news? He’s never defined it with specifics in a thoughtful way. “What disagrees with me” is not “fake news” which is how he uses the definition.

      If he wanted to tell some hidden truths, he’d do open press conferences, and simply SAY things. HE chooses not to, so he can’t gripe that he voice isn’t out there.

  • Every state government currently uses the APA as a nonpartisan, reliable voice to deal with psychological issues. Every single one of them should stop doing that.

    The professional rules of the APA are their for convenience sake to keep up appearances and not true professional rules.

    • TMLutas – this article isn’t about the APA. It’s a group about a particular subfield of psychology.

  • Alot of research here. Im willing to bet. The American psychiatric board has lost or is about to lose some funding. Of course hes crazy! # fakenews.

  • I just have one “small” question. If these professionals truly believe that such things are ever so important to discuss publicly why didn’t they do it with Obama & Clinton who also have interesting & problematic patterns? Is this interest in Trump’s behavior patterns so innocent or not?

    • What interesting behavior and patterns do Clinton and Obama have? I don’t know of any that are a diagnoseable personality condition.

  • This is a declaration of war where the APA can lob missles and the target cannot provide any defense…republican or democrat this makes me uneasy. Using opinion on foreign leaders for govt agencies is not solid rationalization. For the most parr it won’t be seen on tv for public fodder. Just doesn’t seem like a professional interpretation… takes us back to Tarot Cards.

    • The title says “members can defy ‘Goldwater Rule’ and comment on Trump’s health.” It does not say “encourage.”

  • The whole article seems to miss that a psychoanalyst is not at all the same thing as a psychiatrist.

  • Trump’s behaviors are not usual to how most people think and behave.

    However they are completely standard to how some groups of people behave that pyschologists have experience with.

    Trump is an opportunity for the country and world to learn how to understand this type of person.

    It’s important because this group of people come with a lot of manipulation and autocratic drives for power. That group has produced some of the most challenging rulers in the world. It’s a chance to understand them better, with one who is embedded a democratic system so it’s safer.

  • It is interesting to note that news is coming out from some professionals that President Trump has what I read was referred to once as Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Something that even all of us ordinary citizens felt was very accurate even “before” the election. And he calls everyone else “nuts!”

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