Dr. Dale Archer is a Medical
Doctor, board-certified Psychiatrist and Distinguished Fellow of the American
He was born in New Orleans,
Louisiana. As a Tulane Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa, he received his BA in
Philosophy with honors, and continued at Tulane where he received his M.D. from
the School of Medicine. Dr. Archer attended The University of Texas for his
internship in Internal Medicine and while there found his calling and completed
his Residency in Psychiatry.
In 1988, he founded The
Institute for Neuropsychiatry in Lake Charles, Louisiana, a clinic which now
staffs 6 psychiatrists and multiple psychologists, therapists and nurse
practitioners, who all treat a wide variety of mental health issues. Dr. Archer
considers himself a 'General Psychiatrist' and feels that the vast
specialization that has occurred within the field is problematic. He coined the
term ‘continuum theory of mental illness’ which states that psychiatric
diagnoses don’t come with an on-off switch, where "off" is normal and "on" is a
mental illness. Rather, these traits occur on a continuum from 1 (none of the
trait) to 10 (super dominant trait).
He has had a private
psychiatric practice for twenty five years, served as the medical director at
various times for adolescent, adult and geriatric inpatient units, worked as a
prison psychiatrist, served as an expert witness in many criminal court cases
and was the corporate medical director for a 23-facility Addiction treatment
He is now the Medical Director
for psychiatric services at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and is the
psychiatric consultant for the SW Louisiana Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)
program which trains police officers in how to recognize and deal with mental
illness. Recently he was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Louisiana
Medical Advisory Board.
In addition to psychiatry he is a serial entrepreneur and has founded and run several businesses from medical to diamonds to real estate to venture capital. He currently is the CEO of the Institute for Neuropsychiatry, the president of Archgem and the managing partner of Archera Venture Capital.
Dr. Archer is a media veteran
with over two decades of experience. He started a weekly mental illness news
segment at the Lake Charles NBC affiliate in 1988. He has had three successful
radio shows, including the very popular call-in show "Taking Charge with
Dr. Dale Archer” and a regional and internet based TV talk show, "The Dr.
Dale Archer Show". He has appeared on most of the top national news shows
talking about various psychological issues related to current events, business, behavioral economics, politics and more.
Dr. Archer has authored several
articles, as well as the book Chemical Imbalance Depression. He
currently writes "Taking Charge”, an advice column now syndicated
nationally in numerous magazines and newspapers. His new book, a NY Times Best
Seller Better Than Normal: How What Makes You Different Can Make You Exceptional
(Random House), will redefine our perceptions of what REALLY constitutes a
mental illness. In January 2009, he launched DrDaleArcher.com a free, internet-based psychological advice
and blog website.
He lives in Lake Charles,
Louisiana and is a regular blogger for Psychology today, FOX News and Forbes, sharing psychiatric advice, relationship/emotional abuse advice, mental health advice, substance abuse advice, parenting advice, and dealing with stress, to help take charge of your life. He is currently working on his next book.
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