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Things have changed a lot since I started answering questions.  When I was a medical school professor, the most frequent question (from my students) was “Is this going to be on the test?”  There have been questions about general medicine, how to deal with doctors, and even sometimes about sex. The answer to pretty much all of the questions about sex ends up being “The sexiest organ in your body is your brain.  Change what it thinks, and you can change pretty much anything and make it better.” Read more on Introducing The Kindness Channel…

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Back in the days before Noah’s flood, a psychiatrist would take care of both the medical and the psychotherapeutic needs of a patient. Of course, we all knew that it took “a different kind of doctor.”  In the old days they said it had to be a Jewish doctor who was afraid of the sight of blood. Of which I am not — I mean, I used to be a surgeon so I put that one to sleep.

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I remember the first lecture, the first psychiatry “grand rounds” when a friend of mine became the “Chief resident” in my final year of residency training.  He had gotten a speaker on national tour who was a “Freud-basher.”  This speaker launched into an allegedly scholarly criticism of Sigmund Freud.

In the question and answer period that followed, I destroyed this man. I could not stand this man putting down Freud and trying to build a career on that.  Taking someone who had built a field where there had not been one before, and destroying his legacy, was a cheap and inappropriate way to be an academic. This speaker defended himself. Read more on Bash Freud At Your Own Peril!…

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“I think I got ADHD.” I can never say what I think when someone says this. I think, “get out of here you drug seeking idiot.”  The great majority of people who come into my office saying this are just that. Of course, I am not that blunt — at least not to their faces.  But the tragedy is that they WILL find somebody to dash off a prescription (for a price).

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Back in the days before Noah’s flood, a psychiatrist would take care of both the medical and the psychotherapeutic needs of a patient. Of course, we all knew that it took “a different kind of doctor.”  In the old days they said it had to be a Jewish doctor who was afraid of the sight of blood. I am not.  I mean, I used to be a surgeon so I put that one to sleep.

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“I can’t help it.  I have a problem with truth.  This is the best I can do.” She was telling me about someone in Hollywood having “picked up” her screenplay.  This was the one that was going to do it for her, to make her famous.

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I think I was in my teens when I heard the playwright Edward Albee interviewed.  It was one of those interviews that sears your soul and that you remember over 40 years later. He said something about people who get older, like when their children who are adults and start having families of their own.  They all ask themselves the same question, which is “Did I do it right?” — meaning “Life” definitely with a capital “L.”

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Lots of trees in the great Golden State seem to have Dutch Elm Disease. I said “seem” because I only see them from my automobile window as we are whizzing by on some highway. The trunks are smooth and grayish and they are not palm trees.  Maybe they are elms.  I don’t know — trees are decidedly outside of my scope of practice. When you see a smooth gray tree, a fungus carried by a “bark beetle” has killed the outer bark, which is the living part of a tree that transports nutrients and water to the places that need it: leafy twigs and fruits and such.

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The internet is so much infiltrated into our lives that most folks seem to spend more time relating to “virtual” personalities than they do to flesh and blood personalities. Read more on Are You There?…

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I have some close women friends who sometimes call me and ask me to analyze their relationships. Sometimes it is because I am a psychiatrist and I have the pretension of having seriously studied these things.  Sometimes I think it is more because I have been married to the same man for 25 years and I am still crazy in love with him.

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