Most Psychiatrists are humanists as the following illustrates;
Dear Clergy of XXXX
Many Christians,I amongst them,stand aghast at the kidnapping of children,especially small children,tearing them from mothers’arms to suit some political end.It is illegal,immoral,cruel and blasphemy…”suffer the little children to come unto me”.The profound psychological damage done to these now thousands of innocent children is brain-disruptive,irreparable, and long lasting ;to be reflected in lives torn by horrific nightmares,withdrawal,distrust of others,and often a propensity to rebellion,violence and self-mutilation.For sure,not everyone will succumb to the worst of PTSD symptoms, but for those already at risk,already burdened by gangland trauma in their home country,along with the suffering entailed in fleeing, incarceration and abandonment become the last straw.As the weeks draw on to months, what is to become of them ? How many thousands more will be crowded into warehouses and tents, to be locked up 22 hours a day ? Will they turn on each other–form gangs ? : A personal note: I know whereof I speak.For 25 years I served as Dartmouth Medical School Professor Psychiatry responsible clinically for New Hampshire Hospital and as Medical Director overseeing its 250 beds and some 1200 admissions a year; more than 20,00 during my tenure , a fair proportion of which,adolescents particularly, I care for personally.(As their attending psychiatrist).I know the damage PTSD can wreak in borderline individuals.
My dream ( admittedly a personal dream) would be for the Clergy of XXXX to stand firmly against the torture of children,to take to Copley Square after Church and give silent protest, offering equally silent support to the children,mothers and families. Standing ther in Copley would afford the rest of us opportunity to stand behind you.How many would follow?27…207…2007 ? Would outsiders join us ? It doesn’t matter.Rather it would speak eloquently to everybody out there that in the 21st century XXXX matters.
Addendum:I was baptized some 70 years asgo in Riverside Church in NYC, the Church of Fosdick, McCracken and William Sloane Coffin where social justice was preached from the pulpit on a weekly basis.My soul cries out to hear again their special message amidst the turmoil of today’s world. Your ‘word’ offered from XXXX’s pulpit is a blessing to Jinny’s and my heart and lets us again hear Jesus’ message to us all. Thanks.
ROBERT MAXWELL VIDAVER M.D.,DLFAPA