email Message to Gerald Perman, M.D. — GW

Dr. Perman:

I struggle with paranoid schizophrenia; I was diagnosed with the disorder by the George Washington University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry in February 1996.

https://dailstrug.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/gw-diagnosis-paranoid-schizophrenia.pdf

I am currently in weekly psychotherapy. I have written summaries of several of my therapy sessions. Might you perhaps have an academic interest in taking a look at the document at the link below? It is an unusual document that offers detailed insight into the mind of a psychotic. Perhaps your colleagues at GW might be interested in the document. You may share the document at will. I am not soliciting your medical services. Incidentally, I used to be a patient of Stanley R. Palombo, M.D., a brilliant man and an outstanding doctor.

The text is at the link below:

https://dailstrug.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/psychotherapy-reflections1.pdf

Gary Freedman
Washington, DC

Dr. Perman

http://www.drperman.com/about.html

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email Message to Alvin A. Rosenfeld, M.D. at Weill-Cornell Medical Center

Dr. Rosenfeld, a clinical professor of psychiatry, perhaps knows Drs. Caligor and Kernberg at Weill-Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Rosenfeld has an interesting background. He might be a child of Holocaust survivors and perhaps knows a lot about intergenerational transmission of trauma as well as survivor guilt. Perhaps he also has insight into the mind of dictator.

https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F2/515/498/292791/

Dr. Rosenfeld:

I struggle with paranoid schizophrenia; I was diagnosed with the disorder by the George Washington University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry in February 1996.

https://dailstrug.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/gw-diagnosis-paranoid-schizophrenia.pdf

I am currently in weekly psychotherapy. I have written summaries of several of my therapy sessions. Might you perhaps have an academic interest in taking a look at the document at the link below? It is an unusual document that offers detailed insight into the mind of a psychotic. Perhaps your colleagues at Weill-Cornell might be interested in the document. You may share the document at will.

The text is at the link below:

https://dailstrug.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/psychotherapy-reflections1.pdf

Gary Freedman
Washington, DC

email Message to Justin Frank, M.D. at GW

Dr. Frank:

I struggle with paranoid schizophrenia; I was diagnosed with the disorder by the George Washington University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry in February 1996.

https://dailstrug.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/gw-diagnosis-paranoid-schizophrenia.pdf

I am currently in weekly psychotherapy. I have written summaries of several of my therapy sessions. Might you perhaps have an academic interest in taking a look at the document at the link below? It is an unusual document that offers detailed insight into the mind of a psychotic. Perhaps your colleagues at GW might be interested in the document. You may share the document at will.

The text is at the link below:

https://dailstrug.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/psychotherapy-reflections1.pdf

Gary Freedman
Washington, DC

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_A._Frank

email Message to Jerrold Post, M.D. at GW

Dr. Post:

I struggle with paranoid schizophrenia; I was diagnosed with the disorder by the George Washington University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry in February 1996.

https://dailstrug.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/gw-diagnosis-paranoid-schizophrenia.pdf

I am currently in weekly psychotherapy. I have written summaries of several of my therapy sessions. Might you perhaps have an academic interest in taking a look at the document at the link below? It is an unusual document that offers detailed insight into the mind of a psychotic. Perhaps your colleagues at GW might be interested in the document. You may share the document at will.

The text is at the link below:

https://dailstrug.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/psychotherapy-reflections1.pdf

Gary Freedman
Washington, DC

Dr. Post:

https://elliott.gwu.edu/jerrold-m-post

Babies on My Mind — More Ridiculousness

baby

Our friend made something about the fact that in a Tweet I posted in early 2016 I associated the term “baby aspirin,” which he had recommended for heart health, with the fact that his infant nephew was born in February 2016. I Tweeted something to the effect, “I wonder if this little chappie takes baby aspirin” accompanied by a photo (from Facebook) of our friend’s infant nephew.

Our friend suggested that my association of infant nephew with baby aspirin was the product of “mental health issues,” as he so felicitously described them. There can be problems in a person’s executive function (often associated with schizophrenia) so that the individual has issues surrounding cognitive inhibition. Such an issue might promote odd associations in the schizophrenic.

First of all I have high executive functioning. I achieved a perfect score on a test of executive functioning (the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test). But there is more than this. Paradoxically, issues relating to cognitive inhibition are related also to creativity and intelligence. See, e.g.,Benedek, M. “Differential effects of cognitive inhibition and intelligence on creativity.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3387381/

So let’s take that as an admission by our friend: “I skipped class the day my psych professor reviewed cognition.” Let’s add that to the list: “I failed to recommend a banana a day to a patient for whom I prescribed a diuretic.”

But wait.  But there’s more.

I saw our friend for the first time on September 29, 2015. I specifically recall him asking me, “Did you ever have a heart attack?” I specifically recall saying, “No, I’ve never had heart disease of any kind.” So our friendly doctor had concerns about my heart health as of September 29, 2015 (I was 61 at the time) — but failed to recommend daily baby aspirin. I’ll add that to the list of admissions: “I sometimes fail to recommend baby aspirin to older patients who should be taking daily baby aspirin.”

Our friend’s nephew was born in February 2016. I knew that. (Our friend and his family love to broadcast personal facts about themselves on Facebook and in the pages of The Washington Post, don’t you know?) And I found it psychologically intriguing that he only recommended baby aspirin in February or March 2016 after his brother’s baby was born — as if the birth of the doctor’s nephew was a trigger, as if he had babies on his mind.

My Tweet was a psychological insight about the doctor and a reference to his lapse of medical judgment on September 29, 2015, that is, his failure to recommend baby aspirin at that point in time.

That’s the story. Not that any sane person would care. Ordinarily D.C. Superior Court doesn’t concern itself with Tweets about baby aspirin, I’m sure, but hey, there’s always a first time.

Graduated with honors from medical school, my arse!  Oh, sorry.

The Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and the All-Star Game

all-starMany opera orchestras around the world are composed of musicians who work for the opera company year in, year out. The Metropolitan Opera orchestra is just such an ensemble. The musicians are employees of the Met Opera Company — the same musicians work for the company year after year, as in any professional orchestra.

Not so the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. The Bayreuth musicians are chosen each year from orchestras around Germany; the best musicians are picked. The Bayreuth Orchestra is composed exclusively of All-Stars.

Everything about the Festival is special!  I love that!

Bayreuth — 1951

The Wagner Festival at Bayreuth reopened in 1951 following the last festival held in the war-time year of 1943.  To celebrate the occasion, the Wagners opened the season on July 29 with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler. It was the only time in the Festival’s history that any music other than Wagner’s was performed.

A recording of the performance is considered one of the finest recordings of the symphony ever made.

https://www.classicfm.com/composers/beethoven/guides/buyers-guide-beethoven-symphony-no-9/

For a history of the remarkable relationship between Furtwängler and the Third Reich, read the following Wikipedia article.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Furtwängler#First_confrontations_with_the_Nazis

In reading the account I was particularly struck by the following anecdote:

Furtwängler, although he had decided to remain in Germany, was certainly no Nazi […] He had a private telephone line to me which was not connected via the exchange […] Before going to bed, he used to chat with me over telephone. Sometimes I told him amusing stories to cheer him up, sometimes we talked about politics. One of the main threats the Nazis used against Furtwängler and myself later on was the assertion that they had recorded all these conversations. I should not have thought that it was possible! Was there enough shellac? If the Nazis really did this, their ears must certainly have burnt, and it was not surprising that Furtwängler was eventually put on their black list, let alone myself.

It reminded me of Trump and Comey. “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump tweeted in May 2017.

email Message to Dr. Kathryn Wehrman — Head of the National Association of Social Workers

Dr. Wehrman:

I am in weekly psychotherapy with a social worker in Washington, DC. I have written up some summaries of some of my recent therapy sessions with her. May I interest you to take a look at the document at the following link? The document is probably highly unusual.

https://dailstrug.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/psychotherapy-reflections-august-8-2018.pdf

Gary Freedman
Washington, DC