A Valentine for Psychiatric Times


This Valentine’s Day, there’s a lot of love to go around.

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As you must know, it is Valentine’s Day 2022, and despite many personal, societal, and professional challenges, there is much for me—and hopefully you—to love.

Of course, I love my wife of 53 years, Rusti, who you may know sings an introduction about every other week for my weekly video series, Psychiatry & Society.

I love my children and grandchildren.

I love my friends.

I love some of the Winter Olympics, especially ice skater Nathan Chang and snowboard cross Lindsey Jacobellis. Why? Both came back with much resilience from prior Olympic disappointments and failures to win gold medals.

Similarly, I love psychiatry for how it can work with people to overcome psychological challenges.

And I love Psychiatric TimesTM, as I am sure most of you do, too. Why do I? Certainly, it starts with the most talented and supportive psychiatric editors who make everything I convey better and easier. That includes Heidi Duerr, of course, Leah Kuntz, and our Editor-In-Chief, John Miller, MD.

I love seeing 5 or more diverse articles—really gifts—each weekday, as well as the attractive and distinctive monthly print version. Most importantly of all, I think Psychiatric TimesTM has expanded the definition of what psychiatry is about in our times. Sure, there are scores of high quality scholarly and clinical articles, the heart and soul of psychiatry. But there is more, much more. Just perusing recent titles, there is something about sports, brain health, the Goldwater Rule, poetry, literature, eulogies, politics, global women’s health, culture, and climate instability. It can almost be an embarrassment of riches. Priceless.

If anyone asks what modern psychiatry is about, or should be about, just refer them to our website. In the meanwhile, have a loving and lovely Valentine’s Day.

Dr Moffic is an award-winning psychiatrist who has specialized in the cultural and ethical aspects of psychiatry. A prolific writer and speaker, he received the one-time designation of Hero of Public Psychiatry from the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association in 2002. He is an advocate for mental health issues relate to climate instability, burnout, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism for a better world. He serves on the Editorial Board of Psychiatric TimesTM.

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