Psychiatrist wants to force Trump to get his head examined. She needs her license examined.

She needs her license examined

A Yale Psychiatrist wants to overturn Constitutional government using civil commitment laws.  I wish that this were not being taken seriously by the democrats, but it is.  She has even been interviewed by MSNBC.

As a psychiatrist who takes his job, and his license, seriously.  Let me explain how many things are wrong with this.

Psychiatrists have an awesome and frightening power.  We can take someone, against their will, lock them up for a couple of days and force them to undergo psychiatrist evaluation.  We can then ask a civil judge for permission to continue holding this person and for the authority to force them to take medications.  This permission is almost always granted.  The court gives a lot of weight to the psychiatrist’s opinion.

This is frightening.  I don’t like doing it.  These people are American citizens and have the right to life and liberty.  The idea of taking this away – on my say so – even for a couple of days seems unamerican.   The reason that we have these laws are that some people are so mentally ill, so capable of violence, that we cannot just wait until they commit some horrific act before we take away their power to do so.

But there are a lot of limits on this power.  Thankfully.  We are not the communist Soviet Union.  They defined all political opposition, all religious belief, as mental illness.  They locked people up for “thought crimes.”

The authority to deprive someone of power requires

  1. A statement by someone who PERSONALLY WITNESSED behavior or statements that psychotic or violent.  This cannot be second hand statements.
  2. The Behavior cannot be Personality driven. It must be what we psychiatrist call “Axis I” or true mental disease, not just a bad character. If we could lock people up for bad character, then we could simply go out and get everyone who is a career criminal (Antisocial personality) and lock them up for life instead of for the term of their sentences. We could lock them up for having the PROPENSITY to commit crimes instead of for crimes.

Clearly, Dr. Lee knows that Donald Trump does not meet these conditions.  Firstly, she has not witnessed any of these supposedly psychotic behaviors by the President, nor does she have an SWORN statements  of people who have.

One cannot simply go solicit statements against someone that we dislike.

Every psychiatrist knows these limitations, or they should.  If a psychiatrist attempts to use his or her awesome power with which we have been entrusted for our personal agenda, then we should be brought before the licensing board of our state and have that power rescinded.

I wonder how many people Dr. Lee has committed under her expansive ideas of what constitutes “dangerous behavior.”   Does she lock up religious people who believe that God has authority in the affairs of men?  Does she lock up conservatives who don’t have politically correct views of “scientific” global warming?   She is clearly willing to use her power in the service of politics.  This may only be the most public example.

Dr. Lee has violated the ethics of our profession and brought us into disrepute. She is in repeated violation of the Goldwater rule, a fact of which she has been informed, repeatedly. She is attempting to use the power of her medical license and psychiatric board certification to enact a political agenda. She needs to be brought before her state licensing board and have her license examined.

 

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