By Janna Malamud Smith
May 24, 2017
What should the public role of mental health professionals be when a
nation's president appears unable to perform his duties, and could endanger
the whole world?
This question, mostly quiescent for some years now, has - not surprisingly -
surfaced lately. It was last addressed in 1973 when the American Psychiatric
Association declared it unethical for psychiatrists to "offer a professional
opinion unless he or she has conducted an examination and has been granted
proper authorization for such a statement."