Armchair diagnosis of Trump is unethical, Oakville reader maintains

Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

In response to Ms. Susan Mroz’s Jan. 3 letter stating that mental-health professionals question the president’s ability to serve, I would suggest that for transparency purposes, she relate that she is a registered Democrat and active in local Democratic politics.

Similarly, I would suggest that Dr. Brandy Lee, who teaches public-defender students and asylum lawyers as part of her curriculum, also has an obvious political bias in her so-called diagnosis.

I would ask Ms. Mroz if she or any of the other 60,000 mental-health professionals she cites have actually met President Trump in a clinical setting or physically examined him, or are your armchair diagnoses based entirely on CNN or MSNBC broadcasts?

Perhaps you all should be more aware of the American Psychiatric Association’s “Goldwater Rule” that armchair psychiatry for political purposes is both unacceptable and unethical.

Mark Milward
Oakville