Psychiatric group okays public talk of Donald Trump’s mental state

A national organization of psychiatrists has sent a note out to members, telling them that they don’t have to observe a 44-year-old rule forbidding comments on the mental state of politicians and other public figures – including the president. From Scientific American:

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 rule against discussion of the mental condition of public figures was adopted in 1973 by the larger American Psychiatric Association (a different group from the one above, but the same acronym).

The “Goldwater rule” was a reaction to a 1964 development in which several psychiatrists participated in a survey that asked whether Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater was mentally fit to serve.

Critics of the Goldwater rule have called it an abridgement of their First Amendment rights – an argument that’s not dissimilar from the one used by some conservative Christian pastors who have pressed President Donald Trump to dump an IRS rule that prohibits tax-exempt charities from endorsing specific political candidates.

Scientific American notes a book that is scheduled for October publication: “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.” The description on Amazon:

The consensus view of two dozen psychiatrists and psychologists that Trump is dangerously mentally ill and that he presents a clear and present danger to the nation and our own mental health.

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The morning news from the White House:

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Turns out it’s not just the water wars or the Port of Savannah that unites all of Georgia’s politicians in Washington. Add Russia to that list.

All 10 Georgia Republicans in the House and the state’s four Democrats voted to enact tough new sanctions on the Kremlin, Iran and North Korea on Tuesday afternoon.

The bill would also challenge President Donald Trump by giving Congress the ability to block any White House effort to loosen those sanctions. As it turns out, lawmakers are entirely in favor of bipartisanship when it comes to protecting (or extending) their own power.

The legislation passed the House overwhelmingly: 419-3. It now moves to the Senate.

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On his Facebook page, state Sen. Bruce Thompson, R-White, has announced that he’s decided against joining the race for state insurance commissioner. He listed his reasons:

1. Faith is entering her Senior year, and being a dad takes priority.

 

2. Making sure the cyber initiative I helped launched last year (50 million investment ) of tax payer dollars comes to fruition.

 

3. Fulfilling my commitment to others that ask for my assistance in their bid for elected office.

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Count U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Greensboro, among Republicans who have grown fond of “telephone” town hall meetings. He’ll have one at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday – it will be his fourth this year. He hasn’t held an in-person meeting this year. Click here to sign up.

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State Rep. Stacey Abrams, a Democratic candidate for governor, has received another union endorsement – this time from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 77. The union represents painters, drywall finishers and glazers across five states, including Georgia.

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David Washington
David Washington

Let's see: Trump has an inflated sense of self worth, needs and demands constant admiration and he lacks empathy. His skin is so thin that any criticism or slight, no matter how small, whether it's real or perceived, will cause him to respond in an inappropriate and over-the-top manner. These are the symptoms of someone who suffers with NPD(Narcissistic Personality Disorder).

Melanie Barrett
Melanie Barrett

Slow liberal news week, AJC? Publishing the truth of what is presently going on with your precious Progressives in D.C. would not be convenient, would it?

Lee VonderHaar
Lee VonderHaar

The psychiatric group shoud spend their time studieng the goofballs in the media and should start with the whackos at the AJC.

Kathy Mims
Kathy Mims

We've had good presidents and bad ones. But this is different. He acts like a child

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Quint Bush
Quint Bush

I'm no fan of Trump but I don't like this at all. This isn't helpful to anyone. As a matter of fact, it sounds like only the members of this organization will be the winners here. All of the interviews and shows they will be a part of will enrich many of them.

Effie Jones
Effie Jones

Don't you think you should be checking out the ones that they want to change their sex....There is nothing to do with health. It is they want....I would like to have a face lift and a tommy tuck. Because that is what I want...do think that it's should be paid for by Insurance. You know...and I know that there is so many men and women out there that can get the health care because money is being spent for something that as nothing at all to do the health.

Lori Clark
Lori Clark

Don't need a psychiatrist to tell you Trumper is crazy \U0001f61c!

Marilyn Hupp
Marilyn Hupp

The man is president must not too much wrong with him

Rusty Burnham
Rusty Burnham

These the same psychs that said transgender is a mental disorder?

Toni Roberts
Toni Roberts

Breaking ethical rules to fit a political agenda, makes me wonder who's next?

Morris Devereaux
Morris Devereaux

Reading these comments, I wonder how someone might feel if they were applying for a job and the interviewer said, "We were all in for you, but last night at the bar, we were talking with Dr. Joe down the hall. He said he saw you at your son's t-ball game and you looked crazy! He's a psychiatrist and we're sure he knows. Sorry!"

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

He already has the damn job. His mental health is a NATIONAL SECURITY matter & effects the safety of EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN IN THIS COUNTRY & ABROAD. \U0001f644

Morris Devereaux
Morris Devereaux

Constance Rutledge - And so every single scientific guideline or professional ethic should be discarded so that lefties can froth at the mouth?

Barry Wilson
Barry Wilson

Um last I checked this already happens. People are fired from jobs all the time based on how they act in public.

Morris Devereaux
Morris Devereaux

Barry Wilson - Yes they are...by their boss, not by the competitor across the street.

Constance Rutledge
Constance Rutledge

Morris Devereaux who's the competitor across the street from trump ?

JackClemens
JackClemens

Very important step in a time when our president is obviously unstable mentally and Congress may need to step in and remove him from office.

Linda Morgan
Linda Morgan

Let me guess-all Democratic psychiatrists?????

Joan Williams
Joan Williams

I ABSOLUTELY DISAGREE WITH ANY INTRUSION INTO DISCUSSIONS OF TRUMPs MENTAL STATE. HUGE MISUSE OF POWER OF THIS GROUP WITH NO PURPOSE OTHER THAN PUBLICITY AND CONTROVERSY. HOW MANY WERE CLINTON OR OBAMA DONORS. THIS IS A HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS ACTION. THEY DIDN'T SEE A NEED WHEN HILLARY WAS IN MELTDOWN, SO WHY NOW GUYS?? ARE YOU BEING PAID TO FACILITATE DISCUSSIONS OF IMPEACHMENT. THIS IS ABHORRENT BEHAVIOR AND HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS.

Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker

AJC are becoming IRRELEVANT HACKS.........DON'T READ THEIR LIES

Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker

Love saying this on their page....article shows up on Facebook on my feed.....I COMMENT.....this is what it is......LIES.

Barry Wilson
Barry Wilson

What exactly is a lie in the article? Do you have an example or do you just make it a habit of attacking a free press and contributing to the destruction of our democracy?

Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker

Barry Wilson, having a different POLITICAL VIEW...as Trump and us Deplorables.....is not a slight on our mental stability... fodder for psychiatric evaluations...casting aspersions on ones MENTAL STABILITY and their character, claiming everything from racism to homophobias, with NO BASIS in ANY FACT OR REALITY. IT IS A BIG FAT LIE. IF it were SO.....those who casts these lies,would have been locked AWAY in mental institutions long ago.

Nancy Chorpenning
Nancy Chorpenning

Alas, not the primary American Psychiatric Association. Hope it's the first domino.

Jenny Ramey Jackson
Jenny Ramey Jackson

His mental state is just fine- maybe you should look at the mental state of liberals- you can start with Waters and pelosi

Red Phillips
Red Phillips

I strongly support the Goldwater Rule, but the title and story are a bit misleading. The American Psychiatric Association has the Goldwater Rule, and they are still adamantly reaffirming it. The American Psychoanalytic Association (Freudians) have never had the Goldwater Rule and so are not "dropping" it. What they did was send out an email that said they didn't affirm the Goldwater Rule. It was a misguided political decision, but it was not as the title and article characterize it.

Mary Brand
Mary Brand

Donald Trump is a sly old fox and will beat you at your game.

Morris Devereaux
Morris Devereaux

In other words, psychiatrists should now be considered simply partisan political activists with no sense of professionalism at all. Thank you.

Ricky And-Evelyn Sheppard
Ricky And-Evelyn Sheppard

The WHOLE NATION needs an evaluation,,,you once enslaved and bred human beings .. I trust but fear the verdict of the almighty .

Michael Hopson
Michael Hopson

Really ...I seriously consider this, switch to atheism and pray there's not a god\U0001f633

Michael Hopson
Michael Hopson

Honestly I think he has a problem....one not advisable to have in the White House.

Jeff Budkoski
Jeff Budkoski

But in reality this is a bunch of whining little kids who can't handle the concept that there's different opinions out there. So if you have a different point of view you must be mental? Think about that.

Tammy Bartlett
Tammy Bartlett

Y'all are all wrong because you hate liberals and Obama but you got fooled too. No politician or either party in this country gives a damn about you. It is only money. You keep worshiping Trump and you'll see when your lives don't get any better. The cycle keeps on and on. Politicians selling hope and people keep falling for it because the stripes changed color.

Jeff Budkoski
Jeff Budkoski

I'm good with that as long as they include Nancy Pelosi.