Author | Michael Sperber, MD

Articles

10 Hallmarks of a Great Psychiatrist

July 15, 2015

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 Contradiction in Terms

April 13, 2015

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.

Williams’ Stoner: Guilt, Shakespeare, Sisyphus, and the Non-Thriving Survivor

June 20, 2014

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.

Dissociative Amnesia (Psychogenic Fugue) and a Literary Masterpiece

June 05, 2013

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.

Journey of the Traumatized Hero: Kerouac’s On the Road and Gandhi’s Railroad Ride

April 30, 2013

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 and Resilience After Loss of Mind, Body, and Homeland

July 02, 2012

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

Traumatic Brain Injury and Therapeutic Creativity

April 16, 2012

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.

Suicide: Psychache and Alienation

November 09, 2011

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

The “Goldberg” Variations, Walden-And Informed Consent

November 16, 2010

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.”