A Psychiatrist and His Patient Reconnect and Recollect

  • November 29, 2023 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Stephen Wise Free Synagogue

    30 West 68th Street
    New York, New York 10023
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In 1987, when college freshman Keith Cunniffe sought help for his depression from Dr. Barry Perlman, neither of them could have anticipated the tumultuous 27-year journey that lay ahead. Hospitalized for psychosis and treated with courses of electroconvulsive therapy, Cunnife managed to work towards recovery and is now a licensed social worker.


Join this remarkable patient-doctor duo as they reunite to share the story of Mr. Cunniffes' path to recovery — and all the obstacles and setbacks he faced. Unusual in its success, this story illustrates the struggle and essential ingredients needed to help individuals with serious mental illness persevere and reach their full potential.


*Read the new article co-authored by Dr. Perlman and Mr. Cunniffe, titled “Here Comes Jimmy Hendrix”: A Psychiatrist and Patient Reconnect and Recollect.," published in Psychiatric Times.

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Wed, Nov 29, 2023 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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Stephen Wise Free Synagogue

30 West 68th Street
New York, New York 10023 Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue

A vibrant Reform congregation on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue has served as a catalyst for progressive Jewish thought, committed social action in the local community and beyond, and support for Israel for more than 115 years.

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