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Lloyd I. Sederer, MD
LLOYD I. SEDERER, M.D., is Medical Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), the nation's largest state mental health system. As New York's “chief psychiatrist”, he provides medical leadership for a $3.6 billion per year mental health system which annually serves over 700,000 people and includes 24 hospitals, 90 clinics, two research institutes, and community services throughout a state of ~ 19 million people.

Dr. Sederer is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health.

Previously, Dr. Sederer served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene Services in NYC, the City’s “chief psychiatrist”. He also has been Medical Director and Executive Vice President of McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, a Harvard teaching hospital, and Director of the Division of Clinical Services for the American Psychiatric Association.

In 2013, Dr. Sederer was given the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents by the American Psychiatric Association, which in 2009 recognized him as the Psychiatric Administrator of the Year. He also has been awarded a Scholar-in-Residence grant by the Rockefeller Foundation and an Exemplary Psychiatrist award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He has published seven books for professional audiences and two books for lay audiences, as well as ~ 400 articles in medical journals and non-medical publications like, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Commonweal Magazine, and Psychology Today. He is Medical Editor for Mental Health for the Huffington Post/AOL, where ~200 of his posts and videos have appeared. He is now also writing a regular column on mental health for US News & World Report.

His new book, The Family Guide to Mental Health Care
(Foreword by Glenn Close), is for families of people with mental illness. His even newer book, co-authored with Jay Neugeboren and Michael Friedman, is The Diagnostic Manual of Mishegas (The DMOM), a parody on the DSM.

Dr. Sederer’s website is

Entries by Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Murder Amidst Celebration: Nice, France

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2016 | 5:17 AM

Le quartorze juillet, 14 July, Bastille Day in France celebrates the storming of the Bastille, then a prison and fortress in Paris, two days after the French Revolution began in 1789. It is the equivalent of The 4th of July in the U.S.

For 14 years, I...

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The Music Of Strangers: A Film Review By Dr. Lloyd Sederer

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2016 | 1:12 PM


The barbarity of the Orlando club massacre casts a pall on our civilization. Yet, as many have said, what we need more than anything in the wake of such human ugliness is evidence of our beauty, determination, and capacity for unity and generosity.

We all...

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Violence: What We Know And What We Need To Know

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2016 | 9:58 AM


Violence is painfully once again in the headlines in this county. Orlando tragically adds to the list of mass shootings this year that demonstrates that the U.S., with 5 percent of the population of the globe, had 31 percent of its public mass shootings. The

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Why Are Psychoactive Drugs So Popular?

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 10:27 AM


Now that we, by and large, are blaming people less for having addictions we can get a better glimpse into the popularity of the substances these individuals chose.

There has been a long and cruel history that has regarded addiction...

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Caring for the Patient

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 12:07 PM


It was over 90 years ago that Dr. Francis Peabody at Harvard Medical School illuminated for physicians then and to today what we best need to do. He said, For the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the...

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PBS Series Offers Hope for People With Mental Illness

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 5:39 PM




The growing online documentary film library will take a major step forward, thanks to PBS and The Mental Health Channel.

A 12-part series called Stories of the Mind...

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"Girl On The Edge" -- A Film Review

(2) Comments | Posted April 14, 2016 | 10:43 AM


Take a 15-year-old girl and add in divorced parents, an estranged and likely unstable mother, an exploitative 18 year old boyfriend, drugs and sex and what do you have? A sadly far too common story familiar to and lived by countless families across this...

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'Not for Human Consumption' -- The Glut of Synthetic Psychoactive Drugs on the Horizon

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 11:00 AM


European Contraband

The Scourge of Synthetic Drugs

We have heard a lot about K2 (Spice, Black Mamba and other quaint names), the synthetic "marijuana" that has been ravaging people and cities. And about Ecstasy and other illegal stimulants that are club drugs as...

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'No Letting Go': A Film Review

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 11:13 AM


There is no letting go when you have a sick child. But the journey from illness onset to getting effective treatment and on to recovery (for the fortunate) -- and the tribulations along the way -- is different when the illness is a...

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House of Cards, Season 4: Everyone Lies

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 8:49 AM

House of Cards-Season 4: Everyone Lies
A Review by Lloyd I. Sederer, MD


Kevin Spacey in a recent interview was asked about 'how far' the show would go this year? He had a sardonic grin when he said that after shooting...

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Helping Young People Succeed

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 6:00 PM


Hats off to The Duchess of Cambridge for her remarkable vision in seeing that the future for all children, and thus our societies, lies in their having a strong foundation in emotional and mental health - and her determination to make that happen.

Did you know...

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Mental Health and Civil Rights: The Kennedy Legacy

(1) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 9:10 AM

A Huffington Post Interview with Congressman Patrick Kennedy & Dr. David Satcher
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD


Now the trumpet summons us again -- not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need--not as a call to battle, though embattled we...
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Not Just a Movie About China: Mountains May Depart

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2016 | 7:54 AM


We enter this film and the lives of a small collection of people of all ages in the modest Chinese city of Fenyang, which happens to be the birthplace of the film's evocative director and screenwriter, Jia Zhangke. It is...

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Better Living Through Psychedelic Chemistry? LSD, Psilocybin and Ketamine in the Headlines

(33) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 2:33 PM


"Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there's another side to the coin, and you can't remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced...

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The Young Men and the Sea -- The Finest Hours

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 4:49 PM


On February 18, 1952, a massive winter storm, a fierce nor'easter, struck New England. At sea, the SS Pendleton, an oil tanker bound for Boston, was ripped in half, trapping more than 30 crew as it began its inescapable descent into the black,...

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The Moral Entropy of Institutions

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 1:13 PM

The Moral Entropy of Institutions
A Film Review of Spotlight

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD


It is a mistake to equate an institution with its mission. Pharma companies seek to provide us with healing and curing drugs but some have put profit...

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Reporting Always: Writings From The New Yorker by Lillian Ross

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 3:20 PM


Is there a writer who has not aspired to contribute to The New Yorker? Merely even one piece? That would be a prize. But to have written for this celebrated magazine for 60 years under its famed and awesome editors, and...

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Steve Jobs: A Film Review By Dr. Lloyd Sederer

(2) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 8:03 AM

STEVE JOBS: A Film Review by Dr. Lloyd Sederer


In the closing scene of what must be one of the more underrated films in a long time Steve Jobs steps onto the stage of the Flint Center in famed Cupertino,...

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Bridge of Spies Film Review

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 10:14 AM


Rodgers & Hammerstein. Ginger Rodgers and Fred Astaire. George Burns and Gracie Allen. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Scorsese and DiNiro.

Some duos just work. In Bridge of Spies it is Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Consider their previous actor/director partnerships: Saving...

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Please Like Me: A TV Series Review

(1) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 9:49 AM

A TV Series Review by Lloyd I Sederer, MD


What made Seinfeld (the TV show, not the comedian) so popular? There was no real plot. It was not an epic or adventure or romance. The setting...

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