What Matters Most
What Matters Most
Mar 28, 2021
Bandy Lee, MD #807
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This is an epic deep-dive with the brilliant Bandy Lee (find her on Twitter!), an American psychiatrist formerly associated with Yale University and a specialist in violence prevention programs in prisons and in the community. We talk about the current tragic and radical increase in Asian hate crimes as well as her bestselling book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, a book of essays that warned against the dangers of Trump’s mental instability. This woman truly is an avatar for truth and courage.

Bandy Lee is an American psychiatrist formerly associated with Yale University and a specialist in violence prevention programs in prisons and in the community who initiated reforms at New York’s Rikers Island prison. Her scholarly work includes the writing of a comprehensive textbook on violence.

In 2017, Lee attracted attention for organizing a conference at Yale on professional ethics surrounding the mental health of Donald Trump. She withheld her views at the conference but later prominently criticized the American Psychiatric Association for changing an ethical guideline called the Goldwater rule with the Trump presidency. In March 2017, the association had expanded the rule to restrict not just diagnosis but any comment on the mental health of public figures absent a personal examination, calling it a “reaffirmation.” This change alarmed Lee and her colleagues enough to lead to her conference and, later, to co-authoring The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, a book of essays that warned against the dangers of Trump’s mental instability.

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