I've thought a great deal about what to say, if anything, about the two suicides recently of two people who were not merely celebrities in the TMZ sense, but people who represented creativity -- perhaps in a way that seemed tangible to the rest of us -- and seem to have become celebrities almost by happenstance. Suicide is not an unfamiliar or difficult topic for me. After all, I am someone ...

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Recently, a form showed up on my desk to sign, approval for something or other. Not uncommon, given my role at the time as a chief psychiatrist, I signed dozens of such letters, memos, or forms, drafted by an administrative assistant.  I signed so many; I never looked at the last line -- at how my name had been typed out.  Just once my eyes wandered to the end and ...

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I hear many comments and genuine inquiries about being a physician in a prison.  They're all well-meaning yet hint at how little is known about this world on the "inside" and those who inhabit it. I take my time answering questions about the complexities of practicing behind bars, yet also highlight that despite the challenges, it's difficult to see myself working anywhere else. The "why" is tough to answer. I'm not a ...

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