By Sharon Begley

July 25, 2017

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A leading psychiatry group has told its members they should not feel bound

by a longstanding rule against commenting publicly on the mental state of

public figures - even the president.


The statement, an email this month from the executive committee of the

American Psychoanalytic Association to its 3,500 members, represents the

first significant crack in the profession's decades-old united front aimed

at preventing experts from discussing the psychiatric aspects of

politicians' behavior. It will likely make many of its members feel more

comfortable speaking openly about President Trump's mental health.