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Psychoanalysts Raise Ethical Questions by Lifting Ban on Diagnosing Trump
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  • Keith

    As someone who works in mental health, I welcome this with open arms. In fact, I'm curious why it is not required that leading members of government get a psychological exam before they even run for office, in the first place. These are the folks that will be in charge of our military, our law enforcement, making laws that effect society, and countless other things, and a sound mental state of mind is not required? According to NAMI, 61 million Americans have a mental health challenge of some sort. That's 1 in 5 people. It is not unreasonable to say that those numbers apply to our leaders as well. When you go to the floor tomorrow, start counting: 1,2,3,4, person with a mental health challenge. 1,2,3,4, person with mental health challenge. That is not to say that those 61 million (1 in 5) people are insane, either. Those challenges include anxiety/depression on up to psychosis or Narcissistic Personality Disorder. And whereas we don't want to discriminate against people with those challenges, we also want to be wise enough to say people with certain challenges (mental illness) should not be making laws. What if a leader is a sociopath, who lacks compassion and a conscience? Sure, they can make really difficult decisions, because they literally do not care one way or another, but when that decision is about the lives of our military? Of protesters in the street? Mental health is so vitally important. I want my leaders to not only be mentally fit, but also to get the help they themselves need. Sometimes that help is in the form of not governmental jobs.

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