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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 $3.5 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 over 350 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 ~150 of his posts and videos have appeared. He recently became Mental Health Advisor for upwave, Turner Broadcasting’s new multi-media platform for health and wellness.

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

Violence and Serious Mental Disorders: Do Something, Don't Just Wait for a Diagnosis

(40) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 1:25 PM

The basics of responding to any illness (after prevention, when possible), including mental illnesses and addictions, are:

-- Detect it (by screening for it and with clinical examination).

-- Diagnose it (by using standardized diagnostic criteria and appropriate tests).

-- Intervene to prevent progression (to further illness, even death) and...

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How to Start a Movement: A Movie Review of 'Chavez'

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 11:12 AM

How To Start A Movement


A movie review of Chavez

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

"Si se puede!" Yes we can! Cesar Chavez asserts to a restive crowd of California migrant workers whose hope has worn too thin. Chavez has to keep...

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Community Policing and Child Development: Averting Traumatic Disorders

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 11:47 AM

Community Policing and Child Development: Averting Traumatic Disorders
Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D.



You could tell the police sergeants in blue from the lieutenants and chiefs in their...

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'Back From the Brink': A Book Review By Dr. Lloyd Sederer

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 1:21 PM

Back From The Brink: True Stories and Practical Help for Overcoming Depression and Bipolar Disorder (2013, New Harbinger Publications)
By Graeme Cowan

A book review by Dr. Lloyd Sederer

When you open the cover of this book you first see a copy of a handwritten suicide note, penned by...

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Evil -- Marvelously Portrayed -- Why Do You Watch 'House of Cards'?

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 9:29 AM

Evil -- Marvelously Portrayed
Why do you watch House of Cards?

Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D.


"If you don't hunt it down and kill it, it will hunt you down and kill you." -- Flannery O'Connor

"The world is a...

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Pope Francis and the Paradox of Faith

(25) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 9:44 AM


A Catholic faith reduced to mere baggage, to a collection of rules and prohibitions, to fragmented devotional practices, to selective and partial adherence to the truths of faith, to occasional participation in some sacraments, to the repetition of doctrinal principles,...

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House of Cards: A Miniseries Review

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 4:42 PM

House of Cards: A Miniseries Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD


These violent delights have violent ends.
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume.
-- Romeo and...

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Philip Seymour Hoffman and America's Most Neglected Disease

(2) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 9:58 AM

Philip Seymour Hoffman and America's Most Neglected Disease

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD


Life is short, and tragically shorter if you lose your battle with addiction. As did Philip Seymour Hoffman -- an actor whose stunning portrayals of a wide...

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How Do Actors Act?

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 2:57 PM

How Do Actors Act?
A review of Peter Brook's documentary film The Tightrope

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD


How do they do it? How do (good) actors get us, the audience, to suspend belief -- even recognition -- of the person...

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The American Health Care Paradox: A Book Review

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 2:08 PM

The American Health Care Paradox: by Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor

How medical and social services became separate, unequal and ineffective.
A Book Review by Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D.

This past December, I covered a policy meeting in NYC on "Population Health," a breakthrough event meant to...

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Pope Francis and People with Mental Disorders

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 10:53 AM

Pope Francis and People with Mental Disorders
Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D.

Two weeks after he had been elected Pope, on Holy Thursday, Francis knelt on his knees and washed and kissed the feet of 12 imprisoned juvenile delinquents, two being Muslim and two being women. This was...

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A Fowl Fable

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 3:40 PM

A Fowl Fable
Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D.
Conques, France


My wife and I recently had a holiday dinner at the home of friends living in rural south central France. It was a repas extraordinaire of six...

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Influencing Children, the Icelandic Way

(3) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 10:19 AM

Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D.


At breakfast, Guðrún (pronounced Gudrun), our friendly host at a rural guesthouse set amidst the forbiddingly beautiful lava fashioned landscape of Iceland, was telling me about the myths that pervade their 13 days of Christmas. Myths as...

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'Quiet Dell' by Jayne Anne Phillips

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 10:02 AM

Quiet Dell
By Jayne Anne Phillips

"The law detects; grace alone conquers sin." -- St. Augustine

I met Jayne Anne Phillips in 2009, when we were part of a small group of artists and scholars sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation to work without everyday distractions for four...

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Population Health: Transforming Health Care to Improve Our Health

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 4:25 PM

As the debate about improving health in the United States wages on, it turns out that only 10 percent of our health status and longevity, experts declare, derives from health care.


What Makes Us Sick?

As the...

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Why? How Great Leaders Inspire Action

(2) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 7:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

Simon Sinek's TEDTalk has gained over 13 million viewers yet what he has to say is nothing new. But it is clear and punchy and makes it all sound so easy. Anyone can be a Steve...

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Bond, James Bond: A Book Review of SOLO, by William Boyd -- in the Ian Fleming Tradition

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 10:17 AM

Bond. James Bond. 007's calling card -- said declaratively, with a hint of menace, and of course with a clipped British accent. So began the Bond film legend with Dr. No (1962) with the inimitable Sean Connery fashioning a role that endures today through 24 trips into the dark and...

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ACEs: Adverse Childhood Experiences -- and Problems for a Lifetime

(3) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 10:39 AM

The Born This Way Foundation is opening doors for many youth to have the full life they are born to live. Many youth experience events in their early life, through no choice of their own, which can be deeply stressful to a developing mind and brain -- both highly sensitive...

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A Third Strike Against Big Pharma

(26) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 12:56 PM

The U.S. Attorney General has just announced that Johnson & Johnson (J & J), a household name and one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, has agreed to pay $2.2 billion for false advertising, principally for its antipsychotic medication Risperdal (risperidone is its generic name). J & J's...

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When Mental Illness Hits Home

(9) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 10:26 AM

Lisa Anderson won't forget that panicked phone call from her mother, when she said, "Your brother says he wants to kill himself."

From her home in Washington, D.C., Lisa called her brother in California. She could tell he was distressed. As she talked with him, she remembered her Mental...

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