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Lying is Bad for America's Health

Now that the issue of national health care is once more front and center, I’d like to call attention to a recent outbreak that has the potential of becoming a devastating epidemic. I’m speaking as a physician, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst, and what I’m speaking about is lying. In over 30 years treating patients I have... Read more »

An American Tragedy

Lately I’ve been involved in some discussions with psychiatric colleagues about whether or not the President is crazy and ,whether we as mental health professionals can, should, must, or should never speak out about it. The conflicting and strongly held views relate to our problem agreeing on what “crazy” means, our concerns over legal liability,... Read more »

Getting Ready for the Trumpsformation

  This week I’ve been struggling to get ready for the moment at which our American molecules reconfigure and we morph into whatever we’re going to become on this Inauguration Day.   Metaphors like “changing of the guard” or “passing the baton” just don’t work for me when it comes to the space between this... Read more »
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It's Profiles in Courage Time for the Electoral College

The Electoral College casts their votes on December 19th.   The sentiments I hear most often are that it ‘s a done deal, that the electors are obliged to vote for Trump, and that we should accept this miserable situation. I think this is a terrible mistake. If we ever needed the electoral college , it’s... Read more »

Khalesi Wanted- Dragon a Plus

Khalesi Wanted- Dragon a Plus
Like many of us, I’ve spent the last few days trying to guess what the world of Trump will look like. Will he be played by the Republicans who supported him and can’t stand him? Will he be play them instead? As I contemplated the possibilities for gamesmanship, I came to the realization that my... Read more »

I Guess It Had to Happen This Way

Some time ago I was thinking that in order to avoid torches and pitchforks, the first thing Hillary Clinton needed to do after she was elected was to meet with Donald Trump’s supporters to find out what they were so angry about. It’s not going to happen that way. Tuesday left me stunned, and Wednesday... Read more »
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Oh Bernie, Where Art Thou?

Oh Bernie, Where Art Thou?
(If anyone who reads this knows anyone who knows Bernie Sanders,  please pass this on- NS) Dear Bernie, Not so long ago I was hearing so much from you. Now I’m wondering where you’ve gone. The other day after hearing the latest election polls indicating a shrinking lead for Hillary, awash in feelings of helplessness,... Read more »

Why Not Call in The National Guard?

I know that this is probably a dumb idea, and that if it’s not dumb it’s not feasible, and if it’s feasible it’s antidemocratic, but……why in the world don’t the powers that be (i.e; Governor Rauner and Mayor Emanuel) address the gang/gun/violence situation in Chicago by requesting help from the National Guard? We are, and... Read more »

Dear Bernie Supporters.....

Dear Bernie Supporters.....
Dear Bernie Sanders Supporters: I wanted to express my belated thank you for what you contributed to this election, and my hope that you can keep on contributing. But, first, I want to tell you a story: When  I couldn’t get tickets to “Hamilton” earlier this summer,” I decided to do the next best thing... Read more »
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On Losing Our Minds

Last week at the Republican Convention, former candidate and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson appealed to us to use our God given brains in thinking about the implications of this Presidential election. As a psychoanalyst, I would like to make an appeal for us to use our minds before we lose them completely. The particular... Read more »