Bandy X. Lee
13 min readMay 27, 2021

When Society’s Safety Is at Stake: A Rule of Law Symposium and Psychiatry’s Societal Role

By Bandy X. Lee and Claire Pouncey

Disappearance of mental health professionals from public discourse

“The Goldwater rule,” previously a trivia question for psychiatric parlor games, suddenly took foremost prominence under the Trump presidency, becoming a household phrase for the public and then official or unofficial policy for major media organizations, enforced not only against American Psychiatric Association (APA) members but all mental health professionals, sometimes even applied to non-professionals. All…

Bandy X. Lee

Forensic psychiatrist, violence expert, president of the World Mental Health Coalition (, and New York Times bestselling author.