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Award Winning Novelist & Psychiatrist --- Like psychological novels? Check out Chasing Backwards, a psychological mystery, Skin Dance, a mystery, and The Man with a Microphone n his Ear... Dr. Smukler has won the prestigious Golden Ear Award for excellence in teaching at Harbor-UCLA Medical center and excellence in writing fiction at The Santa Barbara Writers Conference. All books are available as ebooks and paperbacks. You can find them at amazon.com/author/arthursmukler or http://artsmuklermd.com/

IS PSYCHIATRY DYING? A REPRISE, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Since publishing this post last October, and living through the tragedy of Robin Williams suicide, my thoughts seem even more immediate and important. We can’t just watch our wonderful profession sink into mediocrity. Too many people need our expertise… Once … Continue reading

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HARNESSING OBSESSIONS TO WRITE BOOKS & STORIES, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Experiences that play over and over in our minds are often the ones that authors can turn into books or stories. Like the lyrics or tunes from a catchy song that you just can’t stop humming, an event or encounter … Continue reading

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WHY DID IT TAKE A BEHEADING TO FINALLY GET OUR PRESIDENT TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE SURROUNDED BY EVIL? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

ISIS (The terrorist Islamic state) finally got our government’s attention. Their blatant, vicious beheading of journalist James Foley was so in our face that no one could ignore for one more second what is happening in northern Iraq and Syria, … Continue reading

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SHOULD ALL PSYCHIATRISTS CARRY GUNS? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

“Yo Dumplin. I’m home,” I called, swaggering into our ranch house. I swaggered because my sidearm, a Colt 45, weighed heavy on my right hip and made me walk funny. “My hero,” Dumplin said, smiling, and dressed in a black … Continue reading

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IN DEALING WITH IRAQ, WHAT CAN OUR GOVERNMENT LEARN FROM A BASIC CHILD REARING TECHNIQUE? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Children are often willful, out of control and want what they want when they want it. Trying to reason with a two-year-old is pointless. Firm, reasonable limits need to be set. Naturally, the child is enraged, but soon he understands … Continue reading

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WILL THE US & IRAN BECOME ALLIES AGAINST THE IRAQI INSURGENT TERRORISTS? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Iran has offered to help the Iraqi government fight the Sunni insurgents. The US is considering helping the Iraqi government fight the Sunni insurgents. What? Am I going crazy? Do I need to lie down on my own analytic couch? … Continue reading

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THE DONALD STERLING, NBA CIRCUS, A CHANCE FOR FANTASIES TO RUN WILD, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

I can’t help but give my two psychiatric cents regarding the drama between Donald Sterling and the NBA. Donald Sterling made private racist comments to his friend V. Stiviano that became public. The NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, heard the racist … Continue reading

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“LOOKIN’ COOL, BUT A FOOL…” THE MYSTERY OF MENTAL ILLNESS, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

I looked in the mirror and nodded. Yeah, I really liked my jacket and wool cap. It was chilly this morning, but with the new additions to my wardrobe, I’d be warm and look good. Minutes later, I was browsing … Continue reading

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PAY YOUR TAXES SO WE CAN GIVE ANOTHER 18 BILLION DOLLARS TO PAKISTAN! by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Did you know that according to Fox Business, the US has given Pakistan over 18 billion dollars in aid since 9/11? Are you aware that Pakistan not only protected Bin Laden for years, but is currently executing people for blasphemy. … Continue reading

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WHAT’S ONE KEY THING YOU CAN DO IF YOU’RE DEPRESSED? By Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Feel melancholy, out of sorts, tired, cranky, a lack of energy, no enthusiasm, a sense of doom, a negative attitude, wake up early in the morning and can’t fall back to sleep, don’t feel like reading, writing, playing golf or … Continue reading

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