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Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D.
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Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School and the author of "Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation" and "Winter Blues" (among others). He conducted research at the National Institute of Mental Health, as a Research Fellow, Researcher, and Senior Researcher for over twenty years. It was there that he first described and diagnosed Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Dr. Rosenthal has received the prestigious Anna Monika Foundation Research prize for his contribution to research in treating depression and has been listed in The Best Doctors in America and the Consumers’ Research Council of America’s Guide to America’s Top Psychiatrists. Rosenthal is the author or co-author of over 200 professional articles. He can be found online at

Entries by Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D.

The Gift of Adversity

(3) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 11:42 AM

How often have you heard people say, after sustaining a major trauma, "It was terrible at the time, but it turned out for the best?" Can this really be true, or are they kidding themselves? Was it really a change for the better or just a rationalization to make them...

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Summertime: And the Living Aint Easy

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 6:20 PM

I have on my bookshelf a small volume, published in 1879, called The Summer and its Diseases by James C. Wilson, M.D., then of the Medical College in Philadelphia. The good doctor notes wisely in the foreword that:

"Man, born to sorrow as the sparks fly upwards, finds some pain...
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How Yoga Hasn't Wrecked My Body (Yet)

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 1:16 PM

Like many yoga practitioners, I read with great interest the recent New York Times article, "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body" by William Broad.

The article seemed to me like an important caveat, especially considering the large number of people in the U.S. currently practicing yoga....

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Meditation and Stress Relief

(16) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 5:17 PM

Every time your heart beats, it sends blood filled with oxygen and nutrition through the arteries to reach your entire body. By the time you reach age 80, your heart will have done this more than three billion times. Your entire cardiovascular system, which includes the heart and blood vessels,...

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9 Simple Tips to Help You Manage Your Emotions

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 4:11 PM

As a psychiatrist, I have given a lot of thought to how to lead a healthier life by managing your emotions. Here are some of my thoughts, which I expressed in my book, The Emotional Revolution. Emotions can have an important influence on physical health, and it is...

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Identifying Depression

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 3:04 PM

People often confuse clinical depression with sadness. That's a mistake. You can be sad without being depressed and vice versa. Sadness is a normal reaction to many life circumstances, such as bereavement, loss of a job or a financial setback. When these things happen, sadness is to be...

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ADHD in Women: Is There a Role for Meditation?

(26) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 8:05 AM

In a recent Washington Post Magazine article called "Scattered," Brigid Shulte deals with an important topic: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among women. The subject is important for many reasons. First, although most people associate ADHD with schoolchildren, the condition often persists into adulthood. Second, ADHD is extremely...

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