I’m Dr. Norman Rosenthal, the psychiatrist who first described seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and researched light therapy to treat it. My latest project is using poetry to treat patients! I am back for another AMA for Mental Health Awareness M...
Hello Reddit! I will be here from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
Background: I am the psychiatrist, researcher and best-selling author, who first described seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and pioneered the use of light therapy for its treatment.
I have had a successful private psychiatric and coaching practice for over 40 years, during which time I have also done research at the National Institute of Mental Health and in my own organization, studying disorders of mood (depression and bipolar disorder), anxiety, sleep, ADHD and biological rhythms. I have also pioneered the use of Transcendental Meditation for combat related PTSD.
Most recently I have published a book entitled "Poetry Rx,” which describes my personal and clinical experience of the power of poetry to heal, inspire and bring joy to people's lives.
Edit: COMING BACK It's been fantastic to interact with you folks. I love your questions and want to hear more of them. I am taking a break till 5:00 EDT and then I'll be back -- so please continue with the questions and let's have some fun!
In the meantime here are some resources to browse:
Edit #2: Thanks to you all for a wonderful AMAA—goodbye for now.
I came back to at 5pm ET and saw so many interesting comments that I spent an hour or so with you all again. It has been a wonderful day and I hope that you found this AMA both useful and enjoyable.
If you want to find out more about me and my work, check out my website at normanrosenthal.com or find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Youtube.
Wishing you light and transcendence,