Dr. Bandy Lee would seem to be one hell of a shrink.
She has edited a book called The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, without ever having Trump on the couch for any sessions.
Except it turns out she breached the American Psychiatric Association’s ethical guidelines diagnosing by a patient without a formal examination, leading the APA to remind members they shouldn’t publicly issue medical opinions about people they haven’t personally examined.
And if Trump’s real-life physician had concerns with his mental health and referred him to a psychiatrist, they’d have to abide by patient confidentiality and privacy rules, too.
The APA notes:
“Using psychiatry for political or self-aggrandizing purposes is stigmatizing for our patients and negatively impacts our profession.”
Lee should have kept her medical opinions to herself, and if she was politically motivated to “forget” her profession’s ethical standards, then it’s a case of “Physician, heal thyself.”