The Goldwater Rule and diagnosing Trump
The debate on the "Goldwater Rule" resurfaced last week at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting: In the age of Trump, should psychiatrists be allowed to give their professional diagnosis of a public figure?
The Goldwater Rule is an ethics guideline for members of the APA.
- It was established in 1964 after Fact magazine published a survey from thousands of psychiatrists saying Barry Goldwater was psychologically unfit to be president — Goldwater later sued the magazine.
- APA members are banned from giving professional opinions to the public about a public figure without consent and a direct examination.