Dr. Norman Rosenthal, Author

The Gift of Adversity

The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life's Difficulties, Setbacks & Imperfections

Adversity is an irreducible fact of life. Although we can and should learn from all experiences, both positive and negative, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Norman Rosenthal believes that adversity is by far the best teacher most of us will ever encounter.


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Dr. Norman Rosenthal's Biography

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Dr. Norman Rosenthal was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and attended the University of the Witwatersrand, where he obtained his medical degree with high honors. He moved to the United States and was resident and chief resident at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and the New York Psychiatric Institute. He conducted research at the National Institute of Mental Health for over 20 years. It was there that he led the team that described Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and pioneered the use of light therapy to treat it.


Dr. Rosenthal has maintained a private practice in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area for the past thirty years, where he treats a wide variety of psychiatric problems using many forms of therapy. Dr. Rosenthal was awarded the prestigious Anna Monika Foundation Research prize for his contribution to research in treating depression. He has been listed as one of the best doctors in America and as one of this country's top psychiatrists. He is the author or co-author of over 200 professional articles and five popular books, including the New York Times bestseller, Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation, Winter Blues and How to Beat Jet Lag.


Dr. Rosenthal provides consultations to fellow clinicians, executives and researchers. He currently serves as medical director and CEO of Capital Clinical Research Associates in Rockville, Maryland, where he directs clinical trials in both pharmaceuticals and complementary and alternative medicine.


Dr. Rosenthal and his work have been widely covered in the popular media and he has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, National Public Radio and many other forums.