Psychiatrists Throw Out Old Rule So They Can Comment on Trump's Mental Health

Maureen Collins | July 25, 2017
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Psychiatrists are going to toss out a long-standing rule so that they can comment on President Trump's mental health. 

The American Psychiatric Association's (APA) Principles of Medical Ethics have included a rule informally known as the "Goldwater rule" that prevents psychiatrists from commenting on a public figure's mental state.

This rule is named after Republican presidential candidate, Senator Barry Goldwater. During the 1964 election, the magazine "Fact" ran a story where it polled 1,189 psychiatrists on the mental health of Goldwater. Goldwater later sued the publication for damaging his reputation. 

But it's 2017, and apparently, mental health professionals no longer care about damaging someone's reputation. The American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) just sent out an email to it's 3,500 members saying that it's okay to break the Goldwater rule in the case of President Trump

The New York Daily News reports that, in the email, the organization said that it "does not consider political commentary by its individual members an ethical matter" and that "ethical code concerns clinical practice, not public commentary." 

So look out for some serious psychoanalysis of all of Trump's actions from his tweets to his handshakes. It's a mad world. 

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