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A Tale of Two Families- Helping a Loved One with a Mental Illness

Dr. Lloyd Sederer

LLOYD I. SEDERER, M.D., is Medical Director of the New York State Office 
of Mental Health (OMH), the nation's largest state mental health system.  As New York's "chief psychiatrist", he provides medical leadership for a $3.7 billion per year mental health system which annually serves over 700,000 people and includes 24 hospitals, 90 clinics, two research institutes, and community services throughout a state of ~ 19 million people. 

Dr. Sederer is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health. 

Previously, Dr. Sederer served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene Services in NYC, the City's "chief psychiatrist". He also has been Medical Director and Executive Vice President of McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, a Harvard teaching hospital, and Director of the Division of Clinical Services for the American Psychiatric Association. 

In 2013 Dr. Sederer was given the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents by the American Psychiatric Association, which in 2009 recognized him as the Psychiatric Administrator of the Year. He also has been awarded a Scholar-in-Residence grant by the Rockefeller Foundation and an Exemplary Psychiatrist award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He has published eight books and over 350 articles and reports in professional and lay publications including TheAtlantic.com, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Commonweal Magazine and The Boston Business Journal. He is Medical Editor for Mental Health for the Huffington Post/AOL, where over 150 of his posts and videos have appeared in recent years. 

His new book, The Family Guide to Mental Health Care (Foreword by Glenn Close), is for families of people with mental illness. His next book, co-authored with Jay Neugeboren and Michael Friedman, The Diagnostic Manual of Mishegas (The DMOM), a parody, will be released on the same day as the DSM 5. Dr. Sederer's website is www.askdrlloyd.com.