Victor Fornari, MD

Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
North Shore University Hospital
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
(including Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York
and Zucker Hillside Hospital)


Recent Posts By: Victor Fornari, MD

Phobias Are Real–and Manageable

Superstition about Friday the 13th is related to the fear of the number 13. Both are examples of common phobias–that is, uncontrollable, irrational and persistent fears of a specific object, situation or activity, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13) may seem trivial, but phobias can be quite serious. Some… Read more »

The Relationship Between Guns and Suicide

Recent evidence supports a strong relationship between access to guns and suicide: According to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than half of the nearly 39,000 people who reportedly killed themselves in the US last year, did so with a firearm. A comparison of states with high rates of… Read more »

Let’s First Respond to Tragedy with Support

In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, the world asks, “Why?” Such violence transcends our capacity to understand it, especially because so many victims were innocent young children. Every day, new bits of data — sometimes unsubstantiated — emerge about the alleged shooter and his primary relationships. At this point, it’s too early to… Read more »