Originally Posted by Skeptic Ginger
They ARE committing a breach of ethics. That much is clear. You can't even disagree with that. You can only try to justify the breach. The APA has rebutted those justifications adequately and you really have no response.
The other thing that is clear is that they are NOT practicing medicine in any sense of the word. They don't have a patient and they aren't applying accepted standards. You can only argue about "misunderstood practice norms." Yet, you can't actually illustrate whatever practice norms might apply or where that misunderstanding actually lies. That's because there are no practice norms that apply to "remote diagnosis;" therefore, there is nothing to misunderstand. You are free to rebut this with some valid and reliable method of "remote diagnosis."
What you are left with is an argument from authority, both the practitioners in the OP and your own. As if the mere fact of being a psychologist, psychiatrist or other medical professional grants a magic power to know things without actually applying the standards of the profession.
With this extremely weak sauce, you are attempting to pass off a steaming pile of pseudoscientific crap as a gourmet meal. No thanks, I'm full.