Archive for the 'Letters To Editors' Category

False Accusations

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Click Here to Read:   False Accusations: Letter to the Editor of the New York Times by Henry J. Friedman on April 21, 2017.

Henry J. Friedman on “This Close to Happy”

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

‘This Close to Happy’

To the Editor:

In his detailed and positive review of “This Close to Happy,” Daphne Merkin’s exploration of her lifelong struggle with a major depressive illness (Feb. 5), Andrew Solomon correctly identifies Merkin’s unrelenting honesty about herself as distinguishing her memoir from other tales of depression that are self-promoting or encourage the reader to admire the author. Reading Merkin’s book as a psychiatrist-psychoanalyst, I agree with Solomon’s praise for her unusual frank, self-critical voice, but I would locate the book’s strength in her attempt to differentiate developmental and emotional elements in determining her depression from genetic factors that can result in bipolar or unipolar depression. (more…)

Letter to the Editor of the Boston Globe by Henry J. Friedman

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Speculation and controversy over psychiatrists and psychologists attempting to diagnose President Trump are well outlined in the column by Sharon Begley. What is missed is the necessary distinction between our ability to comment on Trump’s mode of thinking and the act of making a diagnosis by any psychiatric criteria. When an individual continually overestimates the degree of danger coming at them or, in this case, at us as a nation; when danger is seen in everyone, including courts and judges and Mexicans; and when dissidents are all denounced as potentially dangerous, we are observing a form of paranoid thinking.

Such thinking, when linked to grandiosity, can radiate to the public and cause people to feel threatened and insecure about the danger that may result from our president’s character style. This is readily observable by any (more…)

An Eminent Psychiatrist Demurs on Trump’s Mental State

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Click Here to Read: An Eminent Psychiatrist Demurs on Trump’s Mental State Letter to the Editor to The New York Times on by Allen Frances on February 14, 2017.

Click Here to Read: Mental Health Professionals Warn About Trump by Lances Dodes and Joseph Schachter to the Editors of the New York Times on February 13, 2017.

Mental Health Professionals Warn About Trump

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Click Here to Read: Mental Health Professionals Warn About Trump by Lances Dodes and Joseph Schachter to the Editors of the New York Times on February 13, 2017.

Dr. Dodes is a retired assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Schachter is a former chairman of the Committee on Research Proposals, International Psychoanalytic Association. The letter was also signed by 35 other psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.

Letter to the Editors of NYRB from Donald Moss

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

(Click Here to Read: Psychoanalysis after Freud: A Response to Frederick Crews and Other Critics by Glen O. Gabbard, Sheldon M. Goodman, and Arnold D. Richards on this website.)

To the Editors of NY Review of Books:

So, let me get this straight. Per Mr. Crews, we would be led to believe the following analogy:

Freud is to psychoanalysis as L. Ron Hubbard is to Scientology. The analogy would hold because on both of its sides we would find corrupt founders duping millions by selling private fantasy as truth.

Now, though, with that analogy in place, we would still be left with a problem. Continuing to working analogically, we would now have to find a way to place Mr. Crews and Mr. Freud in a companion analogy.

We can easily construct one: Crews will be to Freud as, well, J. Edgar Hoover was to Martin Luther King. Yes, that seems right. After all, King, like Freud, did have his flaws; and Hoover, hating King, went after those flaws. So far, the analogy is working.

We can see the logic, shared here by Hoover and Crews. (more…)

Kitty Dukakis and Electroshock Therapy

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

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Click Here to Read: Kitty Dukakis and Electroshock Therapy, Letter to the Editor of The New York Times by Warren Procci on January 5, 2017.

C.I.A. Doctors, Ethics and Torture

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: C.I.A. Doctors, Ethics and Torture Letter to the Editor of the New York Times by Robert Lifton on November 29, 2016,

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Click Here to Read: Donald Trump Faces Obstacles to Resuming Waterboarding By Matt Apuzzo and James Risen in The New York Times on November 28, 2016.

A Spotlight on Torture at Guantánamo

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

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Click Here to Read: A Spotlight on Torture at Guantánamo Letters to the Editors of the New York Times on November 21, 2016.

The now shuttered Camp Iguana at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. CreditBryan Denton for The New York Times

Note from Norman Camp:
I am very appreciative of the NY Times publishing my letter as my study of the psychiatrists sent to Vietnam suggests there must be many other military (more…)

Aid in dying respects vulnerable groups too

Monday, November 21st, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Aid in dying respects vulnerable groups too Letter to the Editor by Herbert Gross in the Washington Post on November 18, 2016.

Aid-in-dying advocates gather in from of the D.C. government building on Sept. 22 in support of legislation to allow terminally ill District residents to legally access fatal medication. (Fenit Nirappil/The Washington Post)

Letter to the Editor of The New York Times by Henry J. Friedman

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

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To the Editor:

In “Listening to Prozac,” Peter Kramer oversold the salutary effects of the new category of antidepressants, but this in no way should obscure his calling attention to its significance in the treatment of moderate to severe depression in adults. As a clinician trained in psychiatry and psychoanalysis, I value the use of psychotherapy in the treatment of many depressed patients. However, as any experienced therapist will confirm, (more…)

Psychoanalysis As Poetry

Sunday, June 12th, 2016


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Below is a letter to the editor of the New York Times on June 11, 2016 by Henry J. Friedman about Adam Phillips’s article Unforbidden Pleasures in the New York Times on May 22, 2016.

To the Editor:

If, as Mark O’Connell claims in reviewing Adam Phillips’s “Unforbidden Pleasures” (May 22), Phillips is “the most widely read of living psychoanalysts,” psychoanalysis will gain little credibility in the public eye if people’s reading is restricted to Phillips’s entertaining and glib essays.

O’Connell acknowledges that Phillips “has always been a somewhat equivocal advocate for his profession,” but his review fails to be adequately critical of the way Phillips “plays” not only with the reader but with psychoanalysis. (more…)

An Increase in the Suicide Rate

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: An Increase in the Suicide Rate: Letters to the Editor in The New York Times on April 26, 2016.

Invest in Mental Health

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Invest in Mental Health Letters to the Editor in The New York Times on April 22, 2016.

Response to Wilenbring Article on Addiction by Lance Dodes

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

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Click Here to Read: Response to Wilenbring Article on Addiction by Lance Dodes

(Lance Dodes’s photo by  Zachary Dodes from the NPR website)

Guns and Mental Illness

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

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Click Here to Read:  Guns and Mental Illness Letter to the Editor of the New YorK Times by Barry S. Anton and Susan H. McDaniel on December 28, 2015.

Taking a Different Tack on Mental Illness

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Taking a Different Tack on Mental Illness: Letters to the Editor in The New York Times on November 27, 2015.

Robin Williams’s Gift

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

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Click Here To Read: Robin Williams’s Gift, Letter to the Editor of the New York Times by Ronnie Stangler on November 10. 2015.

Talking Cure: A Psychiatrist Tries to Heal Mets Fans

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

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Click Here to Read: Talking Cure: A Psychiatrist Tries to Heal Mets Fans Letter to the Editor of the New York Times by Jeffrey B. Freedman on November 2, 2015.

Treating Severe Mental Illness: The U.S. Lags Behind

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Click Here to Read:afrances Treating Severe Mental Illness: The U.S. Lags Behind Letter to the Editors of The New York Times by Allen Frances on October 20, 2015.