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The Board of Directors of AMHF is delighted to welcome Jacqueline A. Lofaro. She joined as a Director on April 21, 2015. Lofaro has been an advertising and communications executive for 25 years. Early assignments included advertising copy for McGraw-Hill as well as Holt Rinehart & Winston. She moved on to developing advertising-campaign concepts and copy […]By: Evander Lomke
It had been a bad week. Fighting fires is a war that never ends but this had been a bad week. Ladder 6 had been called to a motor-vehicle accident on Monday afternoon. In the passenger’s seat had been a young mother. On impact she was thrown through the windshield and was now impaled on […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
The title of this blog is in quotes since it derives from the second part of a series Dick Cavett published in the New York Times. Part 2 appeared on July 11, 2008. The link is highly recommended. Comments received on part 1, Cavett notes, approached 500 in number, an extraordinary volume of mail and […]By: Evander Lomke
The official publication date was yesterday! March 24. Anatomy of Delusion by Dr. Henry Kellerman is available in traditional-paperback as well as Kindle formats. In his new book, Kellerman both defines and discusses “Delusion” as a phenomenon that is simply not understood by theoretical and/or practicing clinicians. Dr. Kellerman is on the professional-advisory board of […]By: Evander Lomke
On March 12 to 15, AMHF and AMHF Books exhibited several of its titles at the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work Conference in Durham. The conference was co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society. Turnout was impressive, and conferees were enthusiastic over the first-ever presentation at this event by AMHF. The foundation […]By: Evander Lomke
Director of Research of AMHF between 1948 and 2005, Dr. Stefan de Schill died February 9 ten years ago. That date was also Ash Wednesday. De Schill was one of the pioneers of group psychotherapy. He accepted the position of director of research offered by Hermann Broch, then chairman of this foundation while at Princeton, […]By: Evander Lomke
(This is the second of two companion essays on assaultive psychiatric patients. The first focused on the characteristics of patient assailants. This second essay focuses on staff victims. The interested reader will want to read both essays to have a comprehensive understanding of this worldwide problem.) Psychiatric patient assaults on healthcare staff are a worldwide […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
Dateline: Anywhere, Any Time The voice in Daniel’s head kept saying “The nurse is trying to kill you. The nurse is trying to kill you. The nurse is trying to kill you.” Daniel, a twenty-two-year-old patient with schizophrenic illness, became very frightened, then terrified, then explosively angry. “Time for medicines. Patients please come to the […]By: Dr. Raymond B. Flannery Jr.
In early December a tragedy occurred, one causing untold sadness and posttraumatic stress disorder. Yet in the 56 years since this happened, signs of resiliency have also emerged. In my mind’s eye, I can see my grandfather, 56 years ago, sliding down the chrome pole in his firehouse and landing on the rubber mat. In […]By: William Van Ornum, Ph.D.
The American Mental Health Foundation is delighted to announce distinguished Jungian play therapist and author Dr. Eric J. Green has joined its professional-advisory board. Dr. Green’s full bio can be read here. We encourage one and all to visit his superb Web site, Soulplay. AMHF is coming off Dr. Green’s well-attended (more than 300 registered) […]By: Evander Lomke