How to Discuss Alcoholism and Other Difficult Problems in Your Medical Marriage

January 25, 2018

Episode Notes

At the beginning of this episode, you’ll hear a letter from the wife of a doctor who struggled with alcoholism for several years and how she supported him through the recovery of his addiction. Then, Lara will again be talking with Dr. Michael F. Myers, a clinical psychiatrist and the author of several books about medical marriages, who will be sharing advice about how to support an alcoholic spouse and how to better communicate about difficult subjects with your spouse.  Dr. Myers will also be referencing his book, “How’s Your Marriage: A Book for Men and Women.” 

About Dr. Myers

Dr. Myers is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and the Immediate Past Vice Chair Education and Director of Training in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

  • He is the author or co-author of eight books and over 150 articles, book chapters, letters, book reviews and 8 videotapes covering a range of topics in psychiatry. His two most recent books are “Why Physicians Die by Suicide: Lessons Learned From Their Families and Others Who Cared” and “The Physician As Patient: A Clinical Handbook for Mental Health Professionals” (co-authored with Dr. Glen Gabbard)
  • His videotape “When Physicians Die By Suicide” won the 1999 Psychiatric Services Award of the American Psychiatric Association
  • Dr. Myers is a specialist in physician health and has served on physician health committees of both the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association. He was in half-time practice for 35 years until 2008. For the last 20 years, his practice was limited to the treatment of medical students and physicians and their families
  • He is a recent past President of the New York City Chapter of the
    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and an emeritus board member
  • Currently, he is on the Advisory Board to the Committee for Physician Health of the Medical Society State of New York

In an effort to “practice what he preaches” he keeps fit by swimming and riding his bike around Central Park. He’s also been taking weekly piano lessons for an undisclosed length of time. He’s been gently advised by many significant others not to quit his day job!

To learn more about Dr. Myers visit,

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