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About artsmuklermd

I'm an author and a board certified psychiatrist. My blog takes you INSIDE THE MIND OF A PSYCHIATRIST. SKIN DANCE, a mystery, takes you inside the mind of a 41-year-old LA psychiatrist who must use all his psychological skills to thwart a murderous stalker. CHASING BACKWARDS, a psychological murder mystery, takes you inside the mind of a first year medical student who is running for his life. THE MAN WITH A MICROPHONE IN HIS EAR, takes you inside the mind of a 1st year psychiatric resident who is assigned to treat a violent, paranoid man.

WHAT HAPPENED TO JOE PATERNO AND WHAT CAN WE LEARN? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

November 2011 — Penn State University fired Joe Paterno for his part in the Sandusky child abuse scandal coverup. January 2, 2012 — Joe Paterno died at the age of 85 of lung cancer, stripped of all wins from 1998 … Continue reading

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THE MAGIC OF PARANOIA, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Paranoia, a feeling that someone is trying to harm you, get you, follow you, or send messages to you via TV, radio, cell phone, or some other unearthly means is a common psychiatric symptom. It is an example of delusional … Continue reading

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OMG IS CAPTAIN CORPORATE AMERICA ABOUT TO SAVE US AND OUR CHILDREN? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

General Mills recently had 2 Cheerios ads, one on the Super Bowl, that featured a mixed-race little girl, a white mom and a black dad. When bigots and the religious right attacked General Mills because the ad polluted family values, … Continue reading

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OF COURSE I CRIED, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Jason, a smiley, playful, 6-year-old boy recently had an appointment with his pediatrician. “The doctor had to give me two needles,” he said. “Wow. Did they hurt?” “Yes!” “Did you cry?” “Of course I cried!” he said, looking like the … Continue reading

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MICHAEL SAM, HERO OR PARIAH? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

A group of students formed a human wall outside of Mizzou Stadium to block from view members of a Baptist Church who were protesting against the outpouring of support for Michael Sam, the SEC defensive player of the year. When … Continue reading

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HOW EASY IS IT TO DO THE RIGHT THING? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

It took over 200 years to end slavery, and we’re still in the process of making the repercussions right. 96 years ago, the 19th amendment to the constitution was ratified, and women got the right to vote. Soon, we may … Continue reading

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STARBUCKS & FACIAL HAIR, A RESEARCH PROJECT, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Being a famous, author & psychiatrist (well maybe not famous, but 2 out of 3 isn’t bad), I decided to do a non-double-blind study on the incidence of facial hair. I ordered a grande half-cafe and a blueberry scone and … Continue reading

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DO BULLIES HAUNT YOU? A REPRISE, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

All day in the office, I listen to people who have been abused, bullied and devalued. Battling evil and insensitivity in the world is a never ending battle. An earlier post came to mind and a reprise seemed in order. … Continue reading

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ALL MYSTERIES START SOMEWHERE; THIS ONE STARTED IN A STRIP CLUB, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Some years ago, a friend had a bachelor party and invited a dozen friends out to dinner. After dinner, someone said, “Hey, let’s go to a strip bar”. An hour later, we were seated next to an s-shaped stage, as … Continue reading

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WHEN DO YOU FINALLY GIVE UP? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

How about never? Think about Matt McGloin, the quarterback for the Oakland Raiders and New York’s junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, and of course, Nelson Mandela. McGloin was originally a Penn State walk-on who had to compete with sought after scholarship … Continue reading

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