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The history and ethics of psychiatric comment on public figures.
John Martin-Joy M.D.
Has the Goldwater Rule prevented concerned psychiatrists from speaking out? The author of the newly published "Diagnosing From a Distance" asks himself to comment.
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As Trump tests positive for COVID-19, questions emerge again about invoking the 25th Amendment.
How Will Kamala Harris Do in the Vice Presidential Debate? A Personality Psychologist Makes a Prediction.
Trump, many believe, was disruptive in the first presidential debate. Here's how experts have grappled with what they call his "disruptive personality."
On the eve of tonight debate, what is Biden's mental state and personality? Experts have opinions.
Is Trumpism a cult? At least one psychiatrist thinks there is a case to be made.
Trying to understand an outsized presidential personality? Here's how mental health professionals sized up Bill Clinton.
How a president used psychological stigma for political advantage.
How Richard Nixon misused psychiatry and the CIA.
Psychiatric comment from a distance: How LBJ dealt with a political threat.
As Donald Trump and the Republicans hold their virtual convention, is it ethical for mental health experts to speak out?
Can psychiatrists comment on him too? In 1964, some psychiatrists commented on a candidate, but the APA objected—and still does.
Should journalists and psychiatrists be able to discuss the mental health of presidential candidates?
Think Vladimir Putin was the first Russian leader to be profiled by the CIA? Think again.
As psychiatrists comment on Donald Trump, it's not the first time professionals have been concerned about tyranny. How Erik Erikson addressed the rise of Adolf Hitler.
John Martin-Joy, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the author of Diagnosing from a Distance (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and a candidate at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.