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THE MAN WITH A MICROPHONE IN HIS EAR, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

My sincere thanks to everyone for helping Chasing Backwards have a successful debut. I’d now like to introduce my new novella, The Man with a Microphone in his Ear. It is July, 1969 at PGH (Philadelphia General Hospital), an ancient … Continue reading

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CHILDHOOD TRAUMA – WHAT IF YOU CAN’T REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

The mind is beyond sophisticated, but a little misguided. When events are too upsetting, it deposits the painful memory or feeling in a place that won’t disturb daily functioning, the “dreaded” unconscious. Sounds great, right? If you don’t know it’s … Continue reading

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CHILDHOOD TRAUMA – THE INVISIBLE TYPE, by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Often, childhood isn’t all that dramatic. No beatings, no sexual abuse, and no drunken binges with screaming and knife throwing. It’s quietly and confusingly more like a Chinese water torture — an intermittant trickle of devaluing words, missed chances to … Continue reading

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LOOKIN’ COOL, BUT A FOOL: THE MYSTERY OF SCHIZOPHRENIA, by Art Smukler MD

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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WHEN DEPRESSED, WHY WASTE YOUR MONEY ON A PSYCHIATRIST? ISN’T HE JUST A PAID FRIEND? by Art Smukler MD

Are psychiatrists simply highly educated bartenders or hairdressers, where for insurance subsidized fees people can safely pour out their hearts and get sympathetic nods and sage words of advice? Hang in their Buddy, life’s tough, but you’ll make it. Yeah, … Continue reading

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YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND, I AM IRONMAN! by Art Smukler MD

A few months ago, I was watching the Adventures of Ironman, with Dylan, the 3-year-old son of a friend. As we sat together in the dark family room, Dylan said, “Uncle Art, I like Ironman.” “He is cool,” I answered. … Continue reading

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PANIC ATTACK? WE’RE NOT CRAZY by Art Smukler MD

About fifteen years ago, on a return flight from Japan, I started to have this very strange sensation that the roof of the plane was too low, and that the walls of the plane seemed to be closing in. I … Continue reading

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