Benjamin Sadock, MD

Complementing his private practice, Dr. Sadock has authored/edited over 140 academic books and papers including Kaplan & Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook Of Psychiatry—widely considered to be one of the most important and influential works in modern psychiatry.

Dr. Sadock is Menas S. Gregory Professor of Psychiatry at The New York University School of Medicine and NYU Langone Medical Center, located in lower Manhattan.

Dr. Sadock’s private practice is located just off Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side of New York City.

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Benjamin Sadock MD
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Central Park at dawn, near Dr. Sadock's East 89th Street office.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
— Lao Tzu


Benjamin Sadock MD is the Menas S. Gregory Professor of Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center and has had a long and distinguished career as a psychiatrist, both as educator and clinician. In addition to his work at New York’s Bellevue Hospital he maintains a practice on Manhattan’s Upper East Side where he sees private patients.

Whether at Bellevue or in his private practice, Dr. Sadock is committed to caring for patients who suffer from a variety of mental disorders and emotional problems with the goal of restoring them to a productive and contented life.

He is especially interested in providing psychotherapy for middle-aged or older adults who suffer from anxiety, depression or sexual dysfunction, or who are dealing with the problems of aging and coping with transitions in the life cycle—such as retirement, loss and bereavement among others.

“We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.”
— George Santayana

Career Highlights
Dr. Sadock received his medical degree from New York Medical College and trained in psychiatry at NYU/Bellevue Hospital Center. He then entered the US Air Force as Captain in the Medical Corps and was a military psychiatrist at Sheppard Hospital in Texas. Upon his return to New York he was on the staff of several hospitals and joined the faculty at the NYU School of Medicine where he eventually became Professor of Psychiatry. He is the recipient of numerous awards, was appointed Faculty Scholar at NYU, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.


Please visit Resources to see Psychological Tests developed by Dr. Sadock, that you can take to determine whether or not you are at risk for an anxiety disorder, a depressive disorder, or a sexual dysfunction.

Dr. Sadock is editor of Kaplan & Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, now in its 10th edition, the most widely used psychiatric textbook in this country and around the world (book link includes a video interview with Dr. Sadock). He has published over 50 books in the field of psychiatry and lectures extensively on a broad range of psychiatric topics (see also Publications).

A Word About Insurance
Dr. Sadock is an out-of-network psychiatrist which means that he does not participate in any insurance plans, including Medicare. However, many insurance plans pay a percentage of out-of-network doctor fees-sometimes up to 80%. Before calling for an appointment, contact your insurance carrier to find out how much you will be reimbursed if you see an out-of-network psychiatrist.

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Therapies & Services

Psychotherapy – Psychotherapy is a treatment for mental illnesses such as anxiety or depressive disorders. A therapeutic relationship between the patient and doctor is established, within which signs and symptoms of the disorder are understood and alleviated. Maladaptive patterns of behavior are changed or reversed, and personality growth and development are encouraged. Therapy may be brief (several sessions), or long-term (months or years). Psychotherapy may be augmented with one or more medications to alleviate specific symptoms, such as insomnia or panic attacks. Anti-anxiety and antidepressant drugs are especially useful in what would then be termed combined pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy.

Group Psychotherapy – Group therapy is a method wherein the psychiatrist leads a collection of individuals (5 to 9 people, avg.) who work together toward the maximal attainment of goals for each member of the group. Groups provide insight, mutual support, and sharing of experiences so each can learn from, and help, each other—under the guidance of the doctor as their group leader. Confidentiality is always maintained between group members.

Couples Therapy – Couples therapy is designed to psychologically modify the interaction of two persons who are in conflict with one another in one or several areas—social, sexual, economic, or child rearing, among many others. An open exchange between the partners is encouraged in the presence of a non-judgmental therapist who provides a safe environment for open and honest communication. Realistic goals are set which may involve extensive reconstruction of the union and/or the problem-solving approaches to restoring it.

Sex Therapy – Sex therapy deals solely with sexual problems such as anorgasmia (previously known as frigidity), erectile disorder (previously known as impotence), lack of desire, pain during intercourse and others. It is usually conducted with both partners together, but may be done on an individual basis. Patients are taught the biology and psychology of sexual functioning and given specific excercises to practice in the privacy of their home—which are then reviewed with the therapist in the office setting.

Grief or Bereavement Therapy – Grief therapy is for those who have lost a loved one and will benefit by talking about their feelings of loss and bereavement. It is often helpful to examine the relationship between the patient (widow or widower) and the deceased person, in order to gain insight as to the meaning of the loss. Grief therapy may also be of use for those who experience other losses—such as of a child, sibling, friend, pet, loss of a job, among others.

Special Services

Medical Marijuana - Dr. Sadock is a medical marijuana provider who is able to provide prescriptions to be filled at approved dispensaries for conditions approved by the New York State Department of Health. For further information about eligibility for this service please contact Dr. Sadock.

Sid & Ruth Lapidus Health Sciences Library, NYU Medical School—photo: Aileen McCrillis


Dr. Sadock discussing one of his best known books with his colleagues.


Click on the above link to review Dr. Sadock’s academic books and papers.

“Every dream will reveal itself as a psychological structure, full of significance.”
— Sigmund Freud

Learn More about one of most widely read books in modern psychiatry, Kaplan & Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, 10th Edition.

An interview with Dr. Sadock at the 2014 Madrid XVI World Congress of Psychiatry.

Psychological Tests

The following screening tests were developed by Dr. Sadock. You may download and take these tests to determine whether or not you are at risk for an anxiety disorder, a depressive disorder, or a sexual dysfunction.

Anxiety Screening Test (pdf)
Depression Screening Test (pdf)
Sexual Disorders Screening Test – Women (pdf)
Sexual Disorders Screening Test – Men (pdf)

Benjamin J. Sadock, MD
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