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Michael Sperber, MD

Michael Sperber, MD

Dr Sperber is a Psychiatric Consultant to the Neuropsychiatry/Behavioral Neurology Service of McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. He is also a psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Cambridge, Mass.

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A great psychiatrist knows the disease, the person with the disease, and the way the two interact. Here are tips from a clinician who has devoted his career to treating psychiatric disorders.

Therapeutic lying, a concept that is currently seeping into the medical literature, is the practice of deliberately deceiving patients for reasons considered in their best interest.

If you haven't read this book that was recently republished by The New York Review of Books, here's why you might want to take a look.

To understand the psychodynamics of the dissociative fugue, Dr Michael Sperber analyzes some of the characters in a collection of interrelated vignettes set in small town America.

The art of living is the ability to use life’s inevitable traumas in some constructive fashion. This occurs on an odyssey that the resilient take that could be termed “the Journey of the Traumatized Hero.”

Grief is the psychological, behavioral, social and physical reaction to a loss that is closely tied to a person’s commitment to heal.

After Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne suffered a traumatic brain injury and PTSD from a near fatal horseback riding accident, he retired from public life, secluded himself in one of the towers of his château, and devoted himself to writing.

Psychache (sīk-āk), a neologism coined by suicidologist Edwin Shneidman, is unbearable psychological pain—hurt, anguish, soreness, and aching.

An antidote to the ubiquitous arrogance, impulsivity, and knee-jerk reactivity surrounding us is to gather as much information as possible, weigh the pros and cons of any intervention, think critically and act mindfully. We can, as Thoreau decided to do, “live deliberately.”

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