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Rethinking the ‘Goldwater Rule’

Is it ever appropriate for mental health professionals to diagnose a politician from afar? Maybe. Maybe it’s time America’s psychiatrists reconsider their Goldwater Rule. The Goldwater Rule simply states that psychiatrists shouldn’t diagnose the mental health of a public figure unless they’ve personally examined the person. Naturally, if any public figures have sought mental health treatment, their doctors would be bound by confidentiality agreements.
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