A Mental Health Session With Dr. Samantha Boardman

She was sporting an indigo jumpsuit and sandals. “I have a go-to blazer by Nili Lotan that makes me feel strong,” she mentioned. “I can throw it on with a T-shirt and Proenza flat sandals that I stand tall in.

“I’ve learned that clothes can actually help lift you out of yourself, to be a different version of yourself, to feel strong.”

Strong sufficient, apparently, to handle a weblog, “Positive Prescription,” deal with sufferers, publish in scientific journals and, in spare hours, educate at Weill Cornell, the place she is a scientific teacher in psychiatry and assistant attending psychiatrist.

“Her great strength is that she can dive into the literature and find something that scientists can understand but also a general reader,” mentioned George Makari, a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and historian at Weill Cornell, who has recognized Dr. Boardman since her scholar days there. “She finds fresh ways of looking at things,” he mentioned. “There is always a bit of ‘Wow, I didn’t know that.’”

Now she is about so as to add “pop shrink” to her roster of credentials. Her guide, “Everyday Vitality: Turning Stress into Strength,” out on Aug. 10, articulates the precepts of constructive psychiatry, its central premise, as she writes, that “we flourish more when we turn away from the mirror and look out the window.”

Her arguments are recent and credible, Dr. Makari mentioned. “She synthesizes information very quickly, reads all of the scientific journals, and pulls together nuggets that come from the data and allow the reader to find something actionable.”

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