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Psychological Implications of the Connecticut School Shooting

Posted on December 16th, 2012 by Dr. Blumenfield

A lone gunman killed 20 children and 6 adults including himself at a Connecticut) School He used guns registered to his mother. The emergence of ASD and PTSD Acute Stress Disorder and/ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) were identified as happening after a major incident such as this one. The symptoms that can be present in this situation were reviewed as well as some possible long term effects. The grieving process was also discussed. In the aftermath of such situations, attention is often focused on people with mental illness who might have the potential do do violence and/or commit a copycat crime even though in retrospect this is very small proportion of the population.The gun control issue and related psychological factors were also discussed.

Depiction of Bipolar Illness in Silver Linings Playbook

Posted on November 21st, 2012 by Dr. Blumenfield

Movie review of film SIlver Linings Playbook which is about a guy with Bipolar Disorder.

Let’s Talk About Suicide

Posted on October 12th, 2012 by Dr. Blumenfield

Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death among persons over age 10. Patients with Major Depression or Bipolar Depression have a 20-60 fold increase of mortality rate over the general population. The role of medication and psychotherapy is can be important in preventing suicides. This topic will be discussed in future blogs and is the theme of the annual meeting of the
American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry which will be held in San Francisco Aug 16-18 2012.

UNBROKEN CHAIN

Posted on September 17th, 2012 by Dr. Blumenfield

Paul SInger, a psychiatrist, writes an essay about this thoughts when his father, also a psychiatrist closed his office after over 50 years of practice. I worked with both of them while I was at New York Medical College and know them to be outstanding people.

Anatomy of a Psychiatric Consultation For Depression

Posted on August 28th, 2012 by Dr. Blumenfield

When a psychiatrist does a consultation for depression, many things have to be considered. Ultimately the psychiatrist needs to decide whether to recommend medication, psychotherapy or a combination of both.