Stephen Seager: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Stephen Seager

Writer, Psychiatrist, Advocate for the Mentally Ill and Author of Behind the Gates of Gomorrah

Stephen Seager is a psychiatrist at the infamous Napa State Hospital in Northern California, where his patients are the Unabombers, school-shooters and real-life Hannibal Lecters of the world. He treats the criminally insane and in his new nonfiction work, Behind the Gates of Gomorrah, tells the untold story of the unique world that is a modern forensic state mental hospital. Newspapers have never been allowed access to state mental hospitals. TV cameras are banned. There are no documentaries or reality TV shows. You can be arrested for snapping a photo. Behind the Gates of Gomorrah is the first real look inside this paradoxical place.

Behind the Gates of Gomorrah takes you into the poorly understood locked treatment units of a forensic psychiatric hospital, where the line between treatment and imprisonment is perpetually blurred. Twelve hundred patients live in Napa State hospital, where each day is an uphill battle, marred with violence and intractable disease. Two thousand staff members care for these patients. For them, each day is an exercise in survival where the needs of providing compassionate treatment has to be balanced with the specter of possible assault.

Seager is a board-certified psychiatrist with extensive experience working with the criminally insane, and a published author whose work has been featured numerous times on national television and radio. He has toured nationally, appearing on Oprah, Good Morning America, National Public Radio, Larry King Live, etc. His work is often used in college curriculums and has been translated into multiple languages.

A descendant of Mormon pioneers, Seager was born in Ogden, Utah, where he spent most of his childhood. Seager graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1972 with a BA in Zoology and graduated from Drexel Medical College with a medical degree in 1976. He completed two years of medical residency training at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, then for the next ten years worked as a full-time Emergency Room physician at a level one Trauma Center.

Mental illness, and particularly the criminally insane, is a jarring constant of today’s headlines. Seager’s informative, honest account of mental illness – the science of brain disease, the legal issues, the human dimension and humor – will find a wide audience.

Click here to watch Dr. Seager discuss his work on CSPAN BookTV!

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  • Behind the Gates of Gomorrah
  • Mental Illness and the Criminally Insane
  • State Mental Hospitals
  • The History of Psychiatry


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