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What should a therapist do under the following circumstances? A 40 year old patient male) comes for initial consultation because he is unhappy with his life situation in regard to relationships and his career. There is no evidence of psychosis, severe depression or suicidal ideation. The patient has mild obsessive symptoms and there are various […]

My Memories of “9/11” on the 15th Anniversary of September 11, 2001 Introduction If you have any memories of 15 years ago you certainly remember where you were, what you did and how you felt when terrorists took over two large airline planes filled with passengers and  crashed them into the World Trade Center in […]

The following is a book review which I wrote and  appeared in Psychodynamic Psychiatry Volume 41 Number 3  Fall 2016 p 162-166 Moving Images: Psychoanalytic Reflections of Film, by Andrea Sabbadini, Routledge, London and New York, 2014, 140 pp. While reading this book, I kept pondering the question of who would be the best audience […]

I am moving to a new phase of this blog. From time to time I will interview a person who I think might be of interest to the readers of this blog. I am very pleased to interview psychiatrist Dr. Jeffery Smith who is the author of a new exciting book titled Getting the Most […]

What She Left Behind By Ellen Marie Wiseman This book is composed of two interweaving stories. Clara, a woman who lived in the 1930s was committed to a mental institution against her will based on her wealthy father’s unhappiness about her Italian immigrant boyfriend and her refusal to marry the rich guy that her father […]


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  • Norman B. Levy, M.D.: 1.No. He is not in IMMINENT danger to himself or others. He is a well motivated patient who might [...]
  • Jeffery Smith, MD: I like Drs. Ingram and Seibel's comments but would like to add a bit about the effects of marijuana. [...]
  • Jane Petro: Love your forum and appreciate you varied subjects. Short form answers: First, simply ask him to [...]
  • Philip A. Seibel, MD: #2--I would like to answer this question first because I believe that this patient's cannibas use is [...]
  • Dr. Blumenfield, M.D.: I believe that your concerns may be somewhat exaggerated.Unless a patient has serious impulses to hu [...]

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