Leo Sher, M.D.
Today, we publish an interview with an eminent American psychiatrist, Dr. Steven Bernard Lippmann.
Dr. Lippmann is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Lippmann is retired, but remains an active volunteer physician faculty member, with teaching activities and lots of scientific writing. Dr. Lippmann sees patients in several clinics including a Survivors of Torture PTSD Clinic in the University’s Refugee Health Center.
Leo Sher: What is the most important issue in contemporary psychiatry? What needs to be done to reduce suicide rates?
Steven B. Lippmann: With the daily number of deaths in the USA today, the number one immediate answer is substance abuse treatment. Yes, all the rest of our usual issues should remain active, but chemical dependency is what is killing us right now. This is the most “contemporary issue” and intervention should reduce the “suicide” and other death rates. The US population and government would be supportive. Some progress would be most welcomed and, if prioritized, could begin fairly quickly.