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Yale professor: ‘Contain’ President Trump for ’emergency’ mental evaluation

In a remarkable interview, a Yale professor of psychiatry says President Trump should be “contained” against his will for an “emergency” evaluation of his mental state.

According to Vox.com reporter Eliza Barclay, Professor Bandy Lee is “leading the call” by a group of psychiatrists for just that assessment. Lee has “devoted her 20-year career to studying, predicting, and preventing violence,” Barclay writes.

The professor allegedly briefed a dozen members of Congress on the president’s mental state, and along with professors from Harvard and Columbia released a statement noting Mr. Trump is “further unraveling.”

From the interview:

The special counsel’s indictments started a crisis — a mental health crisis in a president who is not able to cope well with ordinary stresses such as basic criticism or unflattering news.

His trip to Asia brought a lot of ceremonial deference and customs of flattery that kept him doing better for a while. But that indicated a greater danger to us — that someone [was] that susceptible to fawning pointed to instability that would make him more volatile when he returned. And that’s exactly what happened.

When he returned and faced the progress of the special counsel’s investigation, he became more paranoid, returning to conspiracy theories that he had let go of for a while. He seemed to further lose his grip on reality by denying his own voice on the Access Hollywood tapes.

Also, the sheer frequency of his tweets seemed to reflect the frantic state of mind he was entering, and his retweeting some violent anti-Muslim videos showed a concerning attraction to violence. And then there were the belligerent nuclear threats this week.

Lee contends she is not breaking the so-called “Goldwater Rule” — the American Psychiatric Association’s decree that “members never publicly discuss the mental health of a public figure”:

“[W]e are not diagnosing him […] We are mainly concerned that an emergency evaluation be done,” she says.

In response to Barclay’s question about why she should be taken seriously, Lee says

We are assessing dangerousness, not making a diagnosis. The two are quite separate: Assessing dangerousness is making a judgment about the situation, not the person. The same person may not be dangerous in a different situation, for example. And it is his threat to public health, not his personal affairs, that is our concern.

A diagnosis, on the other hand, is a personal affair that does not change with situation, and you require all relevant information — including, I believe, a personal interview. Most people who are dangerous do not have a diagnosable mental illness, and most people with mental illness are more likely to be victims than perpetrators.

Also, once you declare danger, you are calling first for containment and removal of weapons from the person and, second, for a full evaluation — which may then yield diagnoses. Until that happens, physicians and mental health professionals are expected to err on the side of safety and can be held legally liable if they fail to act. So we’re merely calling for an urgent evaluation so that we may have definitive answers.

Lee asserts that those in her field “not only the legal authority, but often the legal obligation, to contain someone even against their will when it’s an emergency” if he will not voluntarily submit.

Lawyer groups have volunteered to file the necessary papers to get the (White House) security staff to cooperate, she says, but notes “we have declined, since this will really look like a coup, and while we are trying to prevent violence, we don’t wish to incite it through, say, an insurrection.”

Read the full piece.

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  • Leonard smith

    It’s gets more and more like the old soviet union every time a snowflake opens their mouth. Making a diagnosis via paralinguistic ques is folk medicine at best.
    And yet they teach at Yale.

    • JasonC5

      Even medical doctors are turning to “holistic” or folk remedies rather than products observed to be effective.

  • LiterallyShaking

    Wow. That really is just like the Soviet Union. Throwing your perceived enemies into mental institutions. These people are an absolute plague and a serious threat to this country.

  • JasonC5

    Revoke any medical license or certification of any clinical psychiatrist or psychologist that actually does this bullcrap diagnostic without meeeting them in person in a cilnical setting

  • mkr1953

    I am in no position to diagnose any public figure. However, the president is dangerous and needs immediate analysis and probably treatment. Again, I’m not in any position to diagnose any public figure.

    hillary would have been the greatest president who ever served, but again, I’m not in any position to diagnose a public figure.

    He’s falling apart and spinning out of control, but I’m in no position to diagnose anyone. At any time under any circumstances. I should be contained and examined for my mental fitness. Oh wait, that was the president I wasn’t in a position to diagnose without seeing him. But he is dangerous and spinning out of control.

    That another one of Wasserstein’s relatives on the DNC payroll?

  • N=1

    This woman’s remarks raise legitimate concerns about her own mental health.

  • blisterpeanuts

    “We are assessing dangerousness, not making a diagnosis.” No, you’re making a fool of yourself and exposing your own obvious mental problems.

  • Ed Warburton

    love to see how desperate the left is. Shows they are scared.I like when they are scared.

    • TomNJ

      they past scared 14 months ago, their in derangement territory now. It will only get worse, this liberal metal disease only has one cure, a liberal in the White House.

  • Maggie

    Well, for starters she’s suggesting what amounts to kidnapping a politician (duly-elected POTUS) and forcing him through her version of a closed door ‘evaluation’ on her terms according to her ‘feelings’ about the man not doing/seeing things the way she does.

    Oh, goody! I was so missing that old Soviet Union tactic of how to handle political opposition!

    • G-Unit All-Star Squad

      I’m personally counting the days (if not hours) ’til Trump Derangement Syndrome is codified within the DSM as a legitimate diagnosable mental illness. These people are seriously deranged, unfortunately it’s not a small group of lunatics either. We’re talking about a large segment of the population, sadly…not just in America – it’s spread internationally as well. JK Rowling & Vicente Fox come to mind, for starters. I’m investing in the pharmaceutical companies producing thorazine and other heavily tranquilizing psych meds, as well as manufacturers of straightjackets.

  • Man with Axe

    Trump may lack many of the attributes that we expect in a president, but that doesn’t mean he is crazy. He may have a personality that isn’t suited for the presidency, but that doesn’t mean he is crazy. He may be childish, narcissistic, and a bully, but that doesn’t mean he is crazy. He may be purposefully ignorant of most issues under his purview, but that doesn’t mean he is crazy.

  • TomNJ

    The only danger is people like her running around with a medical license! These people are out of their minds!!

  • xenonman

    I wonder if Dr. bandy has likewise suggested that Hillary be mentally evaluated? lol