Dr LLoyd Sederer

Aging Well: Bucket Lists and other signs of life

"...he not busy being born is busy dying," said the poet Bob Dylan (From It's Alright, Ma, I'm Only Bleeding). How can we busy ourselves being born, especially after we round the corner of mid- and late-life? How can we keep the light burning, keep the forces of life flowing when our body parts begin to wear out, when words are harder to find, and...

Vets Who Commit Crimes: Madness Or Badness

PTSD, Depression, abuse of alcohol and drugs, and psychosis are pervasive, insidious forms of mental illnesses seen in Vets who commit crimes. Are they mad or bad? The capital murder trial of Eddie Routh, the Marine veteran accused of killing sniper Chris Kyle, portrayed by Bradley Cooper in American Sniper, and Kyle's friend, Chad Littlefield...

Fixing The Broken Mental Health System

Martin was 20 years old when he was arrested for the second time. Responding to auditory hallucinations, his aggressive behaviors endangered people on the street and in his apartment building. While incarcerated at Rikers Island (New York City's now infamous jail, where thousands of others with serious mental illness reside), he received...

Depression: It's Not Just In Your Head It's Also In Your Genes

Ninety-seven healthy girls, ages 10 to 14, had saliva DNA samples taken. About half of them had moms with histories of depression, and about half had moms who did not. None of the girls had histories of depression. (1) The girls whose moms had suffered depression had significant reductions in the length of their telomeres. We all want to...