Category Archives: Psychiatry

COURAGE? WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO HAVE IT? THOUGHTS ON BRUCE JENNER, by Art Smukler author & psychiatrist

Being first is a national pastime. The World Cup, the World Series, the Super Bowl, and now being the first celebrity to announce being transgender has taken society to a new and more inclusive level.  To be different used to … Continue reading

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EVEN WITHOUT THE “L” IT’S ME! Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

April 16 Author Talk with Art Smuker 6 p.m. Westwood Branch Library 1246 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles Arthur Smukler, an award-winning novelist and Torrance-based psychiatrist, comes to the Westwood Branch Library to discuss his blog, “Inside the Mind of a … Continue reading

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ANGER, THE MAGIC ELIXIR THAT CURES DEPRESSION, by Art Smukler MD, author & psychiatrist

In the late eighties, managed care became an intrinsic part of our healthcare system. The goal of saving patients money and still providing excellent care was a blatant lie. Psychiatrists were penalized for doing psychotherapy by receiving lower reimbursement fees. … Continue reading

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THE TALIBAN HAS A PSYCHIATRIST? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

In the late 1990s until 2001, when the Taliban controlled Afghanistan, Doctor Nader Alemi, the only Pashto speaking psychiatrist in the area, actually treated thousands of militant fighters. Since many of them were struggling with the psychological effects of war … Continue reading

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THE EVOLUTION OF GOD AND POPE FRANCIS, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

For a moment, let’s assume that there is a God, a powerful force that created the world and all its inhabitants. Strict Old Testament adherents will say that it took seven days for God to create the world. Men of … Continue reading

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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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