Is Donald Trump Crazy? Is A Psychiatrist Allowed To Tell You.

Is President Donald Trump crazy?

Given his unorthodox and erratic campaign for the presidency and his first few months in office, people are asking.

But will a psychiatrist tell you?

Is a psychiatrist allowed to tell you?

Psychiatrists fight over the ethics of diagnosing Trump

Why? It all goes back to the campaign of Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater for president of the United States.

Goldwater was the Republican candidate running against President Lyndon Johnson. Johnson’s campaign team painted Goldwater as a dangerous extremist unfit for the presidency.

A magazine, Fact, then in print asked American psychiatrists about Goldwater’s fitness and mental health.

The results infuriated Goldwater and raised questions regarding the ethics of psychiatrists diagnosing someone who was never their patient nor with whom they had any personal contact.

Following the election – Goldwater lost – the Arizona senator sued Fact for libel. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court. Fact lost, and later ceased publication.

The American Psychiatric Association was bloodied and bruised in the process of the Fact libel suit, which involved a sizable number of its membership.

The American Psychiatric Association, to ensure there would never be a Goldwater-diagnose-from-a-distance problem put in place the Goldwater Rule.

“I don’t think that, without an examination of an individual, one can make an assessment of the person’s psychological profile,” said Maria A. Oquendo, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University who is also president of the American Psychiatric Association.

Just a reminder, the Goldwater rule applies to psychiatrists, who are medical doctors. Other mental health professionals operate under other guidelines.

Although the following response of the president of the American Psychological Association is helpful in understanding the stance of that organization.

Susan H. McDaniel  President  American Psychological Association  Washington clarifies the position of the organization.

The American Psychological Association does not have a Goldwater Rule per se, but our Code of Ethics clearly warns psychologists against diagnosing any person, including public figures, whom they have not personally examined. Specifically, it states: “When psychologists provide public advice or comment via print, Internet or other electronic transmission, they take precautions to ensure that statements (1) are based on their professional knowledge, training or experience in accord with appropriate psychological literature and practice; (2) are otherwise consistent with this Ethics Code; and (3) do not indicate that a professional relationship has been established with the recipient.”

Sigmund Freud himself would never have imagined a curious citizenry consumed with psychiatric insights into an erratic president.

So is the president of the United States insane?

Unfit for office?

Ripe for removal under the 25th Amendment to our Constitution?

Amendment XXV
Section 1.
In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.
Section 2.
Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.
Section 3.
Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.
Section 4.
Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.
Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

With psychiatrists and other mental health professionals ethically bound not to make pronouncements on the president, with a Republican majority in the Cabinet and the Congress, at least from a mental health point of view Donald Trump will be tweeting from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue through 2020.

P.S. Despite the opinion of the psychiatrists of the day, guess who was a big backer of Senator Barry Goldwater?

Despite her current status as a Democratic icon, former first lady, U.S. senator, secretary of state, and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had some significant exposure to conservative politics in her youth. In her autobiography Living History, Clinton described her father as a “rock-ribbed, up-by-your-bootstraps, conservative Republican and proud of it” and noted that she had been a Young Republican and a supporter of Arizona senator Barry Goldwater.

 

 

 

 

 

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Overfishing Dooming Tuna Species

Overfishing Dooming Tuna Species

Human greed and overfishing are driving tuna species to a bleak future.

Simply put, tuna are being netted, pulled from the ocean and killed faster than they can reproduce.

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Tuna doomed unless Japan acts responsibly

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The decline in several tuna species has been catastrophic.

Atlantic bluefin tuna

Southern bluefin tuna

Yellowfin tuna

Albacore tuna

Bigeye tuna

Skipjack tuna

So much damage has been done already.

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Overfishing is unsustainable

Fear for the survival and the future of Atlantic tuna

Pacific bluefin population collapse

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Measures to help tuna survive

The price of ignoring the problem

 

 

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Sharks, Shark Fin Soup, China

The tragedy is global and enormous: Sharks, Shark Fin Soup, China. At first glance it may not seems so large a tragedy but please, read the numbers.

At the least, 100,000,000 sharks are killed each year by fisherman.

And many scientists and oceanographers say that number is conservative. The actual number may be closer to 300,000,000. Easily, heartlessly, people are killing at least 11,000 sharks per hour. 

Sharks are now endangered with extinction.

Sharks, Shark Fin Soup, China

To feed China’s appetite for shark fin soup.

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The fin of the shark is the valuable part. After slicing the fins off a living shark it is thrown into the ocean unable to swim, sinking to death at the bottom of the ocean.

The fisherman easily earn $500 a pound for fins in this grisly, cruel, unsustainable practice. Depending on the species of shark that price can skyrocket into the tens of thousands of dollars.

Turns out the shark is not the most feared predator. The dishonor goes to the fisherman.

The fisherman, of course, would have no market for their despicable “catch” were it not for consumer demand in China.

Sharks, Shark Fin Soup, China

At one time shark fin soup was reserved for the Chinese emperor. Now, any consumer in China with the financial means can have this as often as they wish.

At least 100,000,000 sharks die each year for this.
At least 100,000,000 sharks die each year for this.

Can you and I do anything to save sharks while there are still shark to be saved.

Yes.

Contact your member of Congress. Laws should be passed which offer protection to sharks. As a voter, you have the right to have your voice heard in Congress. Do not just get angry, get involved.

Support organizations that advocate for shark conservation.

Use social media to alert other to this danger to the world’s sharks. Your participation on social media advocating for sharks and educating for sharks can have truly global reach.

Your voice, and the voices of those in your social media world, can easily travel to China. You can make an impact from the comfort of your own home.

Learn about sharks. There are many species of sharks swimming the world’s oceans. Not just the familiar great white shark demonized in the movie Jaws.

Shark finning is a tragedy of epic proportions. Human greed and human cruelty will continue until those of us who care join the fight to save the shark.

Sharks, Shark Fin Soup, China

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