After unofficial diagnoses caused Barry Goldwater to lose the 1964 presidential election, the American Psychiatric Association established a new section of their Code of Ethics: Section 7. This prohibits any psychiatrist from diagnosing a public individual whom they have not personally examined. Section 7, otherwise known as the Goldwater Rule, made the news again during the election of 2016, when a group of mental health professionals voiced concerns about the mental health of President Donald Trump. Is Section 7 outdated, or should psychiatrists continue to keep their diagnoses of public figures to themselves?

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