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Ink-Stained for Life

Featuring: Lloyd Sederer

In this podcast, we feature Dr. Lloyd Sederer, a psychiatrist, public health doctor and medical journalist. He has spent 3 decades directly treating patients (and their families), and then went into public service as Mental Health Commissioner for NYC, then as Mental Health Medical Director. He writes principally for a general audience on topics including addictions, stress, depression and anxiety, resiliency, violence, relationships. He has published 500 articles and 13 books, with his latest, Ink-Stained For Life.

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    Lloyd Sederer

Ink-Stained For Life

  • Dr. Lloyd, why did you write what will be seen as a memoir, even though that is only half the story? Have you written memoir before? Why, even, do you write – it surely adds to your work load, which we know to be hefty?
  • Many prospective writers (and some established ones too!) wonder how a writer writes? What is her/his process, method? What is yours?
  • What is the central message of Ink-Stained For Life? Why does it matter?
  • You have taught writing for a general audience for “17 sequential semesters” at Columbia Medical School – to physicians, scientists, psychologists, social workers and grad students. What have you observed about them, their wishes and what you have called “the enemies of writing well”?
  • What are you writing now? What else are you up to that can make a difference in the public’s health and mental health?

Dr. Lloyd says, “for the past 18 years, have been first, NYC MH Commissioner; and then NYS Chief Mental Health Medical Officer. In other words, a government worker, a doctor (in my case). I see my work as devoted to the health and well-being of large numbers of patients. I work for you: it is a privilege to serve. I see my writing and teaching as serving the same purpose.”

Learn more about Dr. Lloyd and his new book  Ink-Stained For Life on his website – take a look, lots there including some of his writing and talks, as well as how to reach him. Subscribe – it’s free.

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Lloyd Sederer

Dr. Lloyd Sederer is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University School of Public Health. He served for 12 years as the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the NYS Office of Mental Health, the nation’s largest state mental health system, where he continues as Distinguished Psychiatrist Advisor. He has been NYC’s Mental Health Commissioner and Medical Director/EVP of McLean Hospital (a Harvard teaching hospital). Dr. Lloyd has led large scale, mental health disaster responses to 9/11 (Project Liberty) and Hurricane Sandy. He has published 7 professional books and 6 books for lay audiences, as well as 500 articles in medical journals and lay media. For 7 years he was the Medical Editor for Mental Health for the HuffPost, and wrote a regular opinion column for US News & World Report. He has taught medical writing for the lay public at Columbia Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, for 18 sequential semesters. His new book, just released, is Ink-Stained For Life.

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