Bandy Lee, Armchair Psychiatrist, Tabloid Psychiatry, “unacceptable and unethical”

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Washington Examiner
Trump’s doctor dismisses dementia fears: ‘That’s just tabloid psychiatry’
By Melissa Quinn
January 16, 2018

White House physician Ronny Jackson

Ronny Jackson, White House physician to George W. Bush, Obama and now Trump

White House physician Ronny Jackson on Tuesday said the idea that President Trump has mental health issues was “tabloid psychiatry,” dismissing a claim that some mental health experts are making even though they haven’t examined the president.

“People shouldn’t be making those types of assessments about the president unless they’ve had the opportunity to get to know him and examine him, and in my opinion, that’s just tabloid psychiatry and I’m not going to address it or fall into responding to those kinds of questions or accusations,” Jackson told reporters during Tuesday’s White House press briefing when asked to respond to doctors who have said they believe the president shows signs of dementia.

Jackson appeared before reporters to detail the results of Trump’s medical exam, which occurred Friday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md…

the American Psychiatric Association recently warned its members not to offer diagnostic opinions about public figures they haven’t examined, per a longstanding doctrine known as the “Goldwater Rule.”

Armchair Psychiatrist Bandy Lee

Armchair Psychiatrist Bandy Lee

Armchair Psychiatrist Bandy Lee

American Psychiatric Association
Press Release
APA Calls for End to ‘Armchair’ Psychiatry
Jan 09, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) reiterates its
continued and unwavering commitment to the ethical principle known as “The Goldwater
Rule.” We at the APA call for an end to psychiatrists providing professional opinions in the
media about public figures whom they have not examined, whether it be on cable news
appearances, books, or in social media. Armchair psychiatry or the use of psychiatry as a
political tool is the misuse of psychiatry and is unacceptable and unethical.

The ethical principle, in place since 1973, guides physician members of the APA to refrain
from publicly issuing professional medical opinions about individuals that they have not
personally evaluated in a professional setting or context. Doing otherwise undermines the
credibility and integrity of the profession and the physician-patient relationship. Although
APA’s ethical guidelines can only be enforced against APA members, we urge all psychiatrists,
regardless of membership, to abide by this guidance in respect of our patients and our profession.

A proper psychiatric evaluation requires more than a review of television appearances, tweets,
and public comments…

“The Goldwater Rule embodies these concepts and makes it unethical for a psychiatrist to render
a professional opinion to the media about a public figure unless the psychiatrist has examined the
person and has proper authorization to provide the statement,” said APA CEO and Medical Director
Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A. “APA stands behind this rule.”

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From: Zhuoyin Yang [mailto:ZYang@psych.org]
Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 3:29 PM
To: ‘PsychSearch’
Subject: RE: Verify APA membership?

Dr. Lee is not a member of APA and is not subject to APA’s ethics code.

Here you can find the tweets of Bandy Lee. She was humiliated by the former President of the American Psychiatric Association, Jeffrey A. Lieberman @DrJlieberman, ‏and had to hastily get an “assistant” to help her delete her Twitter account.

Bandy Lee