I really have no idea, except for one particular psychiatrist – me. The weird thing, or maybe not so weird, is that the time ( now 4 1/2 years ) feels like maybe a month or two. Even with Covid, the time didn’t just fly, it was like a supersonic disappearance into a black hole.

Not that it wasn’t pleasant and rewarding, it was certainly both. And I’ve loved it.

One observation is that as the time went by and my days were filled with interests other than psychiatry, mainly writing fiction, and I spend my time wondering how my fictional characters will navigate the obstacles and catastrophes that I’ve invented, I also wonder how the real people, my cherished patients and friends, who I haven’t seen in all this time are doing.

Thinking about it, it’s no wonder that my retirement was such a seamless transition from my psychiatry practice. Now, I’m trying to help my imaginary characters resolve their conflicts instead of helping real live people.

By the way, if you ever notice that some things that I write are some of the same things that I would say during a session don’t be surprised. It all comes from the same mind.

Also, and very importantly, if you’re of the mind, please go on my blog and let me know how you’re doing. It would be a treat and I promise to respond.

My next blog will be all about what it’s like to publish and perish and then rise from the ashes.

My previously published books, CHASING BACKWARDS, SKIN DANCE, and THE MAN WITH A MICROPHONE IN HIS EAR are still available – but not for long! You’ll see what I mean in my next post.

6 thoughts on “SO WHAT HAPPENS TO A PSYCHIATRIST AFTER HE RETIRES? by Art Smukler, author

  1. Art,

    As Kermit the Frog says, “times fun when you’re having flies”. With condo association Board duties and honeydew projects, my days seem to go quickly, but Celia and I are doing ok.

    Next Monday, I will be taking Celia back home to Brasil along with my son and his girlfriend. We’ll return on 7/27. We’ve wanted to go for the past 2 years, but the pandemic put a halt to those plans.

    My best,



  2. It’s always an absolute delight to see a new post from you here, Art. And, as an older gentleman myself; I could not agree more with you about time passing by so quickly. My own way of expressing that feeling is: Time doesn’t just fly—it accelerates. Keep writing, my friend!

    Warmest regards,
    R. J.


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