As President Trump’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic and irrational, House Democrats are planning an event to focus attention on his unraveling mental health, according to an article at The Hill.
The event will feature Dr. Bandy Lee — a psychiatrist at the Yale School of Medicine who edited the best-selling book The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President — who was invited to make a presentation to their congressional colleagues by House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) and Representative. Jamie Raskin (D-MD).
“We are planning to do something where she can make a presentation to other members, so that they’ll be aware of what she’s been working on,” Yarmuth told The Hill.
The event, which is scheduled for July is being set up because Yarmuth believes that it’s crucial that members of Congress and the public hear and understand the implications of the position that Dr. Lee and the other psychologists outline in the book, which strongly warns that President Trump’s mental health has deteriorated to the point where it poses a grave threat to the country.
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The argument that the psychologists make is controversial because the American Psychiatric Association (APA) forbids its members from engaging in speculation about the mental health of public figures.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-APA President Maria Oquendo made sure to remind the organization’s members of their professional ethical responsibilities.
“The unique atmosphere of this year’s election cycle may lead some to want to psychoanalyze the candidates, but to do so would not only be unethical, it would be irresponsible,”
Congressman Yarmuth disagreed with that conclusion.
“Even though none of them had actually treated Trump, they in their practices, and their experience, they recognize certain patterns of behavior, and when it’s their professional responsibility to alert people who may be endangered by someone’s behavior,” Yarmuth explained why he was helping bring their work to Congress’ attention. “And in this case it’s the American people.”
Although Yarmuth has gone on the record as calling for Trump’s impeachment, he sees the president’s mental stability as a separate issue that he wants the public to be fully aware of.
Given the content of many of Trump’s tweets, only those most disconnected from the daily news cycle are not aware of the incongruity between the president’s claims that he is “a stable genius” and the actuality of his statements and behavior.