Trump’s Behavior (And A Recent Statement) Has Psychoanalyst Organization Wondering

By on August 1, 2017

The American Psychoanalytic Association gave the green light to its members to give their professional opinions, if they desire to do so, about the mental status of President Donald Trump.

The group, which goes by APsaA to differentiate itself from the American Psychiatric Association (APA), gave the go ahead to analyze Trump after just seven months of the his presidency, indicating that its members should feel free to give their opinions on how the president’s behaviors may or may not be influenced by a declining state of mental capacities.

The American Psychiatric Association, meanwhile, says that mental health professionals should refrain from doing so. They developed a standard in the 1970s called the “Goldwater Rule” that urged psychologists and analysts to not diagnose from the sidelines after some did so for conservative candidate for president Barry Goldwater in 1964.

But the change in policy by the APsaA demonstrates that psychoanalysts are at least considering Trump’s ability to lead, from the perspective of his mental health. And a recent statement made by Trump demonstrates they may be right to make the change in policy.

Trump, while introducing his new pick for White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, told reporters that he’d speak with them more in a place that was familiar to him ten years ago rather than ten minutes ago — using a phrase from his old reality TV series.

“See you in the boardroom” is a phrase Trump commonly used on his program “The Apprentice.”

Watch the video below:

Trump calls Cabinet Room the 'boardroom'

After talking to reporters about his new chief of staff, President Donald J. Trump refers to the Cabinet Room as the "boardroom."

Posted by POLITICO on Monday, July 31, 2017

Now more than ever, we have reason to be concerned about Trump’s ability to lead — his mental health may be an issue, and there is more than this instance to become worried over.

In fact, a rogue group of mental health professionals already met at Yale to discuss Trump back in April, before the APsaA made its new recommendations last week.

The head of Duty to Warn, the organization of mental health psychologists, analysts, and other professionals, said back then that, “[I]t our ethical responsibility to warn the public about the dangers posed by Donald Trump’s mental health.”

It may turn out that all of this worry is over nothing — Trump’s mental health may be sound, for all we know. But the questions deserve to be raised, especially given recent examples of Trump’s violent rhetorical outbursts and forgetfulness while in office. The APsaA made the right call — as long as mental health professionals act, well, professionally, they should be free to give their honest, partisan-free opinion about the fitness of the commander-in-chief’s mental well-being.