By Janna Malamud Smith

May 24, 2017

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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."