Is Donald Truly Delusional? Part 2

Returning again to the Goldwater rule regarding the idea that psychiatrists should not diagnose a patient without having interviewed him, I think it best to discuss diagnosis possibilities, prognosis, and treatment options from the perspective of an unlikely hypothesis. Let us imagine for a moment that a psychiatrist named Dr. Muir has interviewed the new president and with his permission videotaped their discussion and then turned to me as a consultant. Read the rest at Psychology Today. Continue reading

Is Donald Truly Delusional?

A recent article in US News relates how John Gartner, a psychotherapist at Johns Hopkins University and author of a biography of Bill Clinton, has stated that our new president, Donald Trump, suffers from a psychiatric condition called Malignant Narcissism. Read the rest at Psychology Today. Continue reading

When the Media is the Parent ebook now available

As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I often listen to young patients launching into fervid descriptions of media creations that have moved them deeply, be it for good or for ill… Read more Continue reading

Smoking, Sex and Health Care, Part 2

In a front page article in the New York Times on March 20th,we learn of the creative approach of the Federal government to sign up youths for the government website for health insurance. In the article we learnt that the White House has decided to pull out all the stops to enhance the number of youthful sign-ups for private health insurance. On the verge of desperation, the Administration tapped into multiple sites on the Internet, ones frequented by youth. This included Between the Ferns, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Drunken Chef, and even ESPN and get out the word about the value of health insurance. Read the rest at Psychology Today. Continue reading

Smoking, Sex and Health Care, Part 1

Though my past columns have focused on the potential ill effects associated with youthful over-immersion in the media, in three recent news articles we find a storyline emerging with an opposing thrust. In pondering certain problems that affect American youth, the government has decided to counter these by using the media itself to project healthy messages to kids. Also, certain market-driven media products have inadvertently created certain positive effects on certain seemingly intractable problems. All three are worth exploring. Read the rest at Psychology Today. Continue reading

Bonfire of the Inanities

As a practitioner of child and adolescent psychiatry, I have watched with wonder how in the past few weeks, we have seen the dual subjects of gun control and media violence debated extensively and then mysteriously slipping from sight. Read the rest at Psychology Today. Continue reading

Asperger Nation: On Toddlers Becoming Consumers

An astonishing new phenomenon is now sweeping the nation: the turning of toddlers and preschoolers into consumers of media gadgets. Though many parents are major players in this social trend, there are good reasons for them to pause and contemplate what they are doing. As a practitioner of child psychiatry, I feel that parents need to be aware of my concerns. Read the rest at Psychology Today. Continue reading

The American Girl’s Dilemma: Sexy or Fat, Pimply or Perfect

Young American females grow up in a kind of cultural vice. In article after scholarly article, we confront an ever-growing body of documentation about how widespread childhood obesity has become and how immersion in the media, which seems to grow more extensive from year to year, is playing a crucial role in this trend. Read the rest at Psychology Today. Continue reading

Self-Centered: the New Normal?

As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, when I listen to my young patients, I often hear personal tales of crisis, confusion, and even despair. Throughout my clinical work with these kids, I try mightily to remain balanced. Both empathy and hopefulness are juxtaposed to my relentlessly working at removing any barriers, be they biological or psychosocial, that block progression toward living happier, healthier and more productive lives in their communities. These humane and measured emphases loom as basic tenets of my profession as a physician, and they have remained so since time out of mind. Read the rest at Psychology Today. Continue reading

Taming the Holiday Beast

The holiday season suffuses many of us with a feeling of warmth and anticipation, family and abundance. In the modern day, however, another force has slowly taken hold of these holidays and worked to supplant the more ancient motives for the festive season. Read the rest at Psychology Today. Continue reading